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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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Los Altos City Council welcomes new member: New mayor, mayor pro tem named

Photo Elliott Burr/Town Crier Jarrett Fishpaw, 23, is sworn in as the newest – and youngest – member of the Los Altos City Council Nov. 30. His parents, Jerome and Jo Ann, look on.

It was an evening of celebration – of old and new – as the Los Altos community gathered last week to witness history in the making.

Loud cheers and applause filled the Los Altos City Council Chambers as 23-year-old Jarrett Fishpaw, the youngest resident elected to the council, was officially sworn in as a councilman Nov. 30.

Fishpaw and incumbent Councilwoman Val Carpenter won the two open seats on the council in the Nov. 2 election, defeating former mayor Curtis Cole, Nancy Carlson and Matthew Sweeney. Carpenter led with 6,582 votes (31.68 percent), and Fishpaw came in second with 5,865 votes (28.23 percent).

“I have a great deal of appreciation for all the people who helped me and were active in my campaign,” Fishpaw said.

Lauding the accomplished people already on the city council, Fishpaw said he’s delighted to be working with them and looks forward to building productive relationships with city staff members and residents.

Referring to her re-election as the community’s “affirmation of her work,” Carpenter expressed her gratitude and promised to deliver continued service to the community.

Carpenter remains on the council for a second term, and Fishpaw replaces long-term Councilman Lou Becker. After completing an eight-year term (1995-2003), Becker was appointed to serve another four-year term in December 2006 after Councilman Kurt Colehower resigned.

Councilmembers expressed their appreciation to Becker for his commitment to Los Altos.

Recognizing his exemplary leadership and tireless community involvement, Casas presented Becker with a proclamation and declared Nov. 30 “Becker’s Day.”

“No other city on the Peninsula can stand up to the achievements we’ve made,” Becker said.

Councilmembers unanimously elected Ron Packard as mayor and Carpenter as mayor pro tem. The new mayor presented Casas with the customary perpetual medal for outstanding service to Los Altos, and in turn received an incoming mayor’s medal from Casas, who remains on the council.

U.S. District Court Judge Jeremy Fogel administered the oath of office to Carpenter, Fishpaw and Packard.

“Something historic has happened tonight in Los Altos,” said Packard, recognizing Fishpaw’s successful campaign, which Packard said Fishpaw won “the old-fashioned way – by talking to people.”

Fences have been mended and people have worked together to accomplish a great deal this year, Packard said.

“It is to our collective benefit to come together,” he said.

Contact Jana Seshadri at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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