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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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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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A charismatic and collaborative engineer

Jean on the Job

Last week we talked about MIT's alumni groups request that I talk about the charismatic engineer. I proposed that to be charismatic and collaborative, an engineer, and all the rest of us, need to motivate others to act. With inspiration needed first, we urge others to want to act. With motivation, we urge others to act - to do it!

Engineering schools don't teach cheerleading. Now, the engineers who go into the field of sales, or who are even exposed to sales calls or trips with field sales, are privileged to a new language. Frankly, I think every classic engineer needs to learn every tool in the sales trade.

Listening for objections is one tool which many engineers miss. It is very hard for them to reflect back another's perception if they don't agree with it. Learn to say, "I guess if I lived in your shoes I might also feel that way" before you tell someone his logic is off and the whole idea is not worthy of your brain time.

Randall White, of The Future of Leadership, claims that "white water leaders seek out contention and disagreement." Some of the engineer readers may now object to me at this junction, with, "but I don't want to be a leader. I am an individual contributor." As our technical world gets more complex and our products require more collaboration, it will be hard to escape into individual contribution.

Consider that being able to inspire others provides partners in your collaborative endeavors. People who are committed to a particular course seem more motivated than others, but if you don't think you are charismatic, let me urge you to take up a cause. Learning to express how much you care, and learning to motivate others to care about what you care about can be a wonderful exercise for your new charisma.

Engineers I know have practiced this caring at the Sierra Club, the Save the Whales, the Recycling Center, the Family Planning Center, and, magically, they have become persuasive. Didn't we start out with the definition last week that charisma is the magic leadership of arousing special loyalty?

Jean Hollands, CEO of the Growth & Leadership Center, is an author, a management coach and a corporate team-builder. Write to GLC, 1451 Grant Road, Mountain View

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