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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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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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Senior shuttle service set for spring launch

Photo Courtesy Of Nanci Cooper Nanci Cooper of Mountain View, founder of Cooper ElderCare Consulting, has applied for permits for First and Main, a shuttle service for seniors.

For most people, all it takes to get to the grocery store is a set of car keys. That’s not the case for many senior citizens, who may not feel comfortable driving anymore.

Older residents want to retain their independence, so they resist any hint of a caregiver in their homes. Helpful adult children offer to drive their parents to doctor’s appointments, but that gets old when family and job demands conflict.

Enter Mountain View resident Nanci Cooper, who has seen this scenario played out many times over the 30 years she’s worked with seniors, visiting them in their homes to cook or carry on conversations as a volunteer through a Santa Clara County program.

Her solution to the problem? First and Main, a senior shuttle service scheduled to ferry Los Altos seniors who live independently, not in assisted-living centers or other facilities.

Cooper is in the midst of securing the proper city permits, which she hopes to have by mid-April.

“Seniors often don’t want strangers in their homes, or they feel like the caregiver will just hang out,” said Cooper, who also runs Cooper ElderCare Consulting to solve dilemmas like this one and to recruit helpers. “The (adult) children are pushing the caregiver thing, but parents really don’t want it.”

First and Main will serve as an alternative to hiring full-time help, “just another tool,” Cooper said. Instead of having someone underfoot in their homes, seniors will be able to call 279-7616 for a ride anywhere within Los Altos, seven days a week. Seniors will get door-to-door pickups and drop-offs without reservations for $400 a month.

The cost will run less than it would to hire a caregiver, but more than depending on friends or relatives. Unlimited rides will be available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, with shorter hours – 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. – on Saturdays and Sundays, major holidays included.

Cooper’s next goal is to apply for grants to buy a disabled-friendly van, something she can’t afford now. Therefore, initially the shuttle service will accommodate only those active seniors who aren’t comfortable driving themselves anymore.

The success of the business depends on providing short trips, which Cooper said is the only way she could be profitable without a government subsidy. That means that she won’t service Los Altos Hills, but she hopes to expand in the future.

Cooper has two vehicles in her fleet and plans to be a driver.

For more information on First and Main or Cooper ElderCare Consulting, call 279-7616 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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