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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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Sports on the Side

‘Muddy’ MV winners

Mountain View High students dominated the annual Muddy Buddy San Jose, a team triathlon held June 6 at Joseph D. Grant Regional Park. Spartan distance runners Alex McGuirk and Bryan Crook combined to place first overall, finishing the approximately 6-mile course in 37 minutes, 1 second. Classmates and track standouts Allison Sturges and Emily Andrew won the women’s under-45 division and were 60th overall (51:02).

Warriors hoops camp

The NBA’s Golden State Warriors bring their youth basketball camp to Foothill College in Los Altos Hills next week. The Warriors Basketball Camp, open to boys and girls 7-15 of all skill levels, is scheduled 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Each session focuses on skill development, the importance of fundamentals and the development of a healthy team attitude. The staff consists of current high school and college coaches, as well as current and former local college players. A current or former Warriors player or coach appears at almost every session. Registration is $255, which includes two tickets to a 2010-11 Warriors home. For more information or to register, call (510) 986-531 or visit to www.warriors.com.

LA hoops camp

Los Altos High boys basketball coach James Reilly has scheduled his annual basketball camp 6-8:30 p.m. July 20-22 at Los Altos High. It is open to boys entering grades 7-9. Cost is $110. For more information, call 804-0888 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Soccer tryouts

The Palo Alto 94G Red Power, an under-16 girls soccer team (for players born after July 31, 1993) has a few spots available. Information: Clara Chang at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The Palo Alto Soccer Club has scheduled tryouts for its under-9 boys and girls teams (players born after July 31, 2001) this month. Information: Juliana MacPherson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The club’s under-10 (players born after July 31, 2000) and under-13 boys teams (players born after July 31, 1997) seek additional players. Information: Sean McGraw at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Swing for St. Francis

The St. Francis/Holy Cross High School Alumni Association has scheduled its annual golf tournament 1 p.m. Friday at the Santa Clara Golf and Tennis Club. An on-campus reception and dinner follows. Entry fee is $140; proceeds benefit the student fund. For more information, contact Greg Calcagno at 968-1213.

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