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News

Campaign finance reports show lots of loans, few outliers

Campaign finance reports show lots of loans, few outliers


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Campaign yard signs are just one expenditure for candidates during election season.

Election finance filings are in, and Los Altos appears to be hosting a few financially lopsided races.

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Schools

Three Los Altos schools earn National Blue Ribbon designation

Three Los Altos schools earn National Blue Ribbon designation


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Bullis Charter School students wear their school spirit clothing to greet their mascot Oct. 3 in celebration of being named a National Blue Ribbon School.

Blach Intermediate, Egan Junior High and Bullis Charter schools ea...

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Community

Sports

Spartans run wild(cat) on Eagles

Spartans run wild(cat) on Eagles


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High running back Austin Johnson goes for a big gain after evading Los Altos High defensive tackle Phil Alameda in Friday’s game. Johnson scored two touchdowns for the Spartans.

After unveiling its wildc...

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Comment

Logan, McClatchie, Peruri for LASD board: Editorial

This is a crucial time for the Los Altos School District. Its leadership faces the challenge of balancing enrollment growth versus maintaining the small, neighborhood schools that make it a very popular district to attend. The district must also adap...

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Special Sections

City's minimum-wage hike earns mixed reviews: Raise to $10.30 an hour meets with approval – and concern

City's minimum-wage hike earns mixed reviews: Raise to $10.30 an hour meets with approval – and concern


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Tandava Waldon, left, manager of East West Bookstore on Castro Street in Mountain View, works with a customer. Waldon said the recently approved minimum-wage hike will have little impact on his business. “It’s not such a...

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Business

Delay Social Security? An easy way to decide

One of the most heatedly debated questions regarding Social Security is when to start.

You have the option of initiating benefits as early as age 62 or as late as age 70. The longer you wait, the larger the monthly payment you will receive over your...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

SUZANNE MONICA DIMM SPECHT

SUZANNE MONICA DIMM SPECHT

Suzanne Monica Dimm Specht passed Tuesday, Sept. 9th at the age of 84. Sue was born on April 21, 1930 in Portland, Oregon. After graduating from the University of Oregon in with a degree in Music, Sue taught in a little town called Clatskanie, Oreg...

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Travel

Los Altos resident's visit to North Korea proves enlightening

Los Altos resident's visit to North Korea proves enlightening


Courtesy of Sally Brew
North Korea is home to many monuments honoring its “Dear Leaders,” left.

In August, I traveled for 11 days with MIR Corp. to North Korea, a fascinating country that is almost completely cut off from the rest of the world. ...

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Stepping Out

'Trovatore' takes the stage in Palo Alto

'Trovatore' takes the stage in Palo Alto


Courtesy of José Luis Moscovich
West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” is slated to open Friday night in Palo Alto and run through Oct. 26.

West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” (“The Troubadour”) is scheduled to open this weekend...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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Architect's art featured in LAH Town Hall

Photo Special To The Town Crier

Art from Goody Steinberg grace Los Altos Hills Town Hall.

Noted Bay Area architect and artist Goodwin (Goody) Steinberg of Palo Alto has scheduled an exhibition of his series "Color Note Music" Sept. 15-March 1 at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

Previously shown at the Tech Museum in San Jose, the oversized, original fine-art prints are computer-generated, with color selection based on the 88 keys of the piano, combining a marriage of art, technology and music.

The town of Los Altos Hills has scheduled a public artist's reception 2-5 p.m. Sept. 27 at town hall. Steinberg will explain his artistic process at the reception.

A "Walk and Talk with the Artist" is scheduled 11 a.m. to noon Jan. 14.

For more information, call curator Karen Druker at 941-8073 or town hall at 941-7222.

Gallery 9 displays ‘People and Abstracts'

"People and Abstracts," an exhibition by Cupertino artist Belinda Lima, is on display at Gallery 9 in Los Altos, through Sept. 27. The exhibition features 15 new mixed-media paintings of people and nonobjective abstracts.

Lima was born and raised in London, England, and currently resides in the Bay Area, where she exhibits her work and paints full time.

Starting with an idea, she focuses on design elements and works until harmony and balance are achieved. In her most recent works, she uses collage and acrylics.

Gallery 9 has scheduled an artist's reception 5-7:30 p.m. Friday at the gallery, 143 Main St. For more information, call 941-7969 or visit www.gallery9losaltos.com.

Artist Jaye visits Viewpoints

Viewpoints Gallery in Los Altos is showcasing the work of plein-air artist Diana Jaye in an exhibition titled "Landscape Oil Paintings in Primary + White (Red, Yellow, Blue + White)" through Oct. 2. Jaye will be at the gallery Saturday and Sept. 25 and 30.

"We were on our way to Carmel to paint when my friend suggested using only three colors plus white," Jaye said, explaining the genesis of the exhibition, which shows what is possible with a minimal palette.

Viewpoints Gallery is located at 315 State St.]. For more information, call 941-5789 or visit www.viewpointsgallery.com.

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