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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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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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Virginia Arbulich, 88, beloved Los Altos mom, hospitable neighbor

Virginia Critchley Arbulich, a resident of Los Altos since 1960, died June 1 of pneumonia. Mrs. Arbulich was 88.

Family members remember the Salt Lake City native best as a devoted mother, as well as “an extended mother to all of their friends, and their friends, and their friends. ... She was endless with her quiet compassion and welcoming hospitality.”

The Arbulichs moved to Los Altos in 1960 and purchased a one-of-a-kind property at 350 University Ave. The house, built in 1917, sat on 2.5 acres, which today is much of Shoup Park. Family members recalled that Mrs. Arbulich adored her property and could be seen driving a tractor at midnight around the yard.

She founded the Tom Thumb Nursery School, working as school administrator, director and teacher. Mrs. Arbulich grew the school to 14 different facilities.

“Even as busy as she was, her children and their activities were foremost, so she’d run back and forth during the day between several of her schools and 350 University to see what was up,” recalled her son Scott.

Reading and collecting porcelain plates numbered among her many hobbies.  

As a single, working mom back in the 1950s and 1960s, Scott said Mrs. Arbulich “made things happen on her own.”

“Mrs. A was so innovative, creative and frugal,” Scott said. “Back then, Mrs. A had in mind several improvements to her property, but hiring a contractor was too expensive. So when it came to adding a desired sprinkler system, she went to the library and read up on all it would take to complete – then installed her own version, and it worked!”

She also had a living unit built under the house for her mother.

“The digging, the framing, the electrical, etc., came to fruition,” Scott said, “and it all turned out successfully, without permits.”

Mrs. Arbulich was well known around the neighborhood in those early days.

“Whether you strolled, biked, drove, sneaked out or rode your horse over, you knew you’d never be turned away,” Scott said. “In fact, many friends would stop by even when (other family members) were not at home.”

Said Scott: “She factors into so many of our lives, some of the most important and, yes, daring times of our growing-up years. But who would we all be without her?”

Mrs. Arbulich is survived by sons Scott and Mark Arbulich. There are no services planned.

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