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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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Lawyer claims truck driver should have seen LAH cyclist

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The family of a Los Altos Hills cyclist killed Nov. 4 in a collision with a big rig has hired an attorney to act on its behalf in the ongoing inquiry into the cause of the accident. John M. Feder, an attorney with Rouda, Feder, Tietjen & McGuinn, alleged last week that the truck driver, Gabriel Manzur Vera, 44, should have seen Lauren Perdriau Ward, 47, who was wearing bright clothing and riding a pink Trek bicycle. “We know if the truck driver paid proper attention, he would not have missed seeing her,” Feder said. “We’ve been told he said he didn’t see her. … It’s mind-boggling.” Information surfaced last week that Vera was involved in similar fatal accidents in 2003 and 2007. California Highway Patrol spokesman Art Montiel confirmed last week that Vera was not found at fault in either incident. The CHP is withholding Vera’s statement to avoid influencing witness accounts, according to Montiel. Montiel said Vera was linked to the death of cyclist John Myslin, 25, in Santa Cruz in 2007 and a Dec. 31, 2003, fatality in Monterey. He couldn’t substantiate whether the 2003 accident involved a cyclist or a vehicle. According to Santa Cruz County Superior Court documents, Vera’s employer, Castroville-based Randazzo Enterprises Inc., reached a $1.5 million settlement in March with Myslin’s parents, Paul and Maria Myslin. “It’s shocking to many people (that Vera) should be allowed to still drive a big rig,” Feder said. Feder said his legal team retained experts in accident reconstruction to investigate whether Vera was at fault in the latest incident. Feder has not filed a lawsuit against Vera or Randazzo, but after the investigation, he may seek compensation for harm the family has suffered. Ward, a nurse and mother of two Mountain View High School students, and Vera were traveling westbound side-by-side on Alpine Road in Portola Valley near the Highway 280 overpass when the two collided. Police said Ward, who died on the scene, was riding on the truck’s left in the middle of three lanes. The road does not have bike lanes. Ward “was a very experienced, safety-conscious cyclist,” Feder said. “We believe she was doing everything right.” Reached by phone last week, a Randazzo employee would not comment on Vera’s record or whether he is still employed at the company. As of the Town Crier’s Monday press deadline, calls to Ward’s husband, Bob, were not returned. Lauren Ward, who advocated bicycle safety, once sent the Town Crier a letter to the editor, published in January 2009. “A bicycle is very vulnerable, like a pedestrian, to any sort of accident,” she wrote. “A car is a mode of transportation that, when mishandled, will cause death to its occupants and others.” Contact Elliott Burr at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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