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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

BARBARA DARLING MERIDETH

1946-2014

Born in Palo Alto, raised in Los Altos, retired in southern Oregon. Survived by Peter James Merideth, sons Matthew, Jacob and John Merideth, the loves of her life.

She was a housewife who took great pride in her home, her surroundings and...

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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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LAEF reports record fundraising this year

With the school year just halfway completed, Los Altos Educational Foundation (LAEF) officials report that fundraising has already far surpassed the halfway point to their pledge for the year.

The foundation, a non-profit organization of parent volunteers that raises funds to enrich the Los Altos School District, increased its fundraising target for the current school year by 30 percent, to $2.35 million. Fundraising has passed the $2 million mark, with total donations growing 34 percent over last year. The number of families donating to the fund has also increased significantly.

“Providing the highest-quality public school education is a clear priority for the Los Altos community,” said LAEF President Glenn Goldberg. “This year parents have stepped up in record numbers with the highest donations ever to fund K-8 enrichment programs and smaller class sizes. There’s no doubt that parents are committed to keeping Los Altos one of the top-ranked school districts in the state.”

Goldberg said the additional $540,000 helped keep libraries open, prevented increases in elementary class sizes and maintained the electives in the junior high schools.

Participation in the foundation’s Leadership Circle is also higher than ever, with more than 50 district families to date donating $5,000 or more to help the schools.

The Leadership Circle includes several anonymous donors in addition to Jan and Brent Ahrens, Kristine and Erik Bardman, Roopa Ramaswamy and Sreeram Balakrishnan, So Yong Park and Brian Byun, Jennifer and Brian Carlstrom, Kevin Chatow and Kathy Grundhofer, Jessica and John Clarke, Linda and Alan Cyron, Gaurav and Tara Dhillon, Margie Suozzo and Tom Dillon, Kristen and Douglas Edwards, Sara and Brian Elkin, Rebecca and Rod Fallow, Molly and Scott Forstall, Becky and Mark Fuchs, Amy and Michael Galles, Gail Wong and Mark Goines, Sue and Glenn Goldberg, Wendy and Steve Grant, Dawn and Gary Guthart, Madeline and Andrew Gutow, Kristina and Robert Haeckl, Rae Lee and Karl Hansen, Debby and Jeff Haslem, Lia and Sandy Kandel, Paige and Michael Kaplan, Diane and Joe Kennedy, Isabelle and John Krystynak, Jennifer and David Lin, Karen and Alex Luke, Jennifer and Douglas Mack, Cheryl House and Peter Meyn, Anne and Peter Moran, Alan Pedersen, Alice and Les Poltrack, Heather and Michael Quigley, Jackie and David Radcliffe, Sriram Ramachandran and Meena D’Souza, Mariete and Jeffrey Rothschild, Susan Stark and Jerry Scher, Terry and Gary Spanner, Stacy and Peter Sullivan, Stephanie and Andrew Towell, Adrienne and Neil Tuch, Yoshiko Nishimura and David Vadasz, Lara and John Vastano, Tacy Witter and Jeff Mayer, Polly Tam and Hsien Chung Woo and Daphne Sang and Daniel Wu.

With $350,000 remaining to fulfill the amount the foundation pledged to the Los Altos schools for the 2010-2011 school year, Goldberg said that every donation counts.

For more information or to donate, visit www.laefonline.org.

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