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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

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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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Letters to the Editor

Rancho's personal service 'a little tired?'

As I read that Rancho Hardware was closing its doors (Jan. 24 Town Crier), my heart sank. Another landmark of our little town is to become history. The new landlord of the property states that Rancho Hardware "... seems a little tired." His perception of "a little tired" is not the perception of the thousands of residents who frequented the hardware store throughout the years. The implication of the article is that the rent was raised, forcing the decades-old business to close. A business like Rancho Hardware fit our community as well as the gloves it sold.

The owner and employees greeted each customer and individually provided time and personal service. If an item was not to be found, they would order it or tell the customer where to get it. The surveillance mirrors in one of our junior high schools were specially ordered by Rancho Hardware and hand delivered, I might add, by one of the employees. Maybe those notions, too, are a little tired.

As a teacher who has resided in Los Altos for 35 years, I have seen many former teenage students gleaning valuable work and practical experience as employees of Rancho Hardware. Do the Big Box stores that he has implied Los Altans frequent do the same?

The landlord wants to "put somebody in there that is consistent with parking and the community." He doesn't realize that "tired" Rancho Hardware, with its friendliness, service, diligence and unique charm, represents the vision of "community" for most of our residents.

This same landlord is also the developer of a major three-story project in Los Altos on San Antonio Road (Jan. 31 Town Crier). Perhaps there is still time to divert some of the profits he is sure to reap and apply them to offset the rent increase that was foisted on Rancho Hardware. He should do everything in his power to keep this charming and unique piece of community viable and available for Los Altans. Maybe it is not too late.

Cindy Andrews

Los Altos

Seriously not amused by vandalism

I just spent two hours cleaning up what must have been 20 rolls of 2-ply toilet paper from my trees and bushes. This is the fourth time this has happened, and I am not amused.

Last month it was two dozen eggs smashed against my house. Seriously not amused. On Halloween night it was TP and human feces, on my steps and car. Completely and unequivocably not amused. My 15-year-old son is pretty sure who the culprits are, but we do not have enough proof to confront them.

After the feces incident, I contacted the sheriff and he said he is helpless, as these actions are considered a prank and not a misdemeanor. Even the fact that there are running all over my property is not a crime unless I post big "No Trespassing" signs and actually catch them.

So, I am asking for help from the community and, mostly, from these kids' parents. A question: do you know where your darlings are on weekend nights between midnight and 5 a.m.? How would you feel if this were your house being targeted again and again?

I am angry that these kids are so unsupervised and so unfeeling as to hit us again and again. Please, find something constructive to do!

Katharine Lang

Los Altos Hills

Are parking limits really necessary?

On Feb. 2, I received a parking citation in one of the lots between Main and State streets. The violation was for exceeding the parking time of two hours (by 22 minutes).

What are our city fathers thinking when Los Altos has vacant stores where businesses were forced to close due to high rents? What are our city fathers thinking when Los Altos limits the time you can park downtown to use available services, like hair salons, and then can't stay for lunch or browse shops without having to move your car?

Is it any wonder that our lovely city is driving residents to the malls, where one can spend many hours with free parking?

I have lived in Los Altos 33 years and I have never had a problem finding a parking space no matter what time of day. Residents and visitors should not be fined because they want to remain downtown for more than two hours.

It is time the Los Altos City Council reconsider this unnecessary law.

Mary Popek

Los Altos

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