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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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Corp. moves boost TC stock index

Stock Report

The widening economic crisis in Russia, new woes in Latin America and the antics of President Clinton sent the stock market on a nerve-racking free fall last Friday, dropping 288 points.

The global downdraft sent shares on a wild ride, but at the close, the Dow Jones industrial average was only down 77.76 points. Tech stocks didn't return to their opening prices, but some positive news for several companies helped increase the Town Crier Weekly Stock Index.

The index is still up for the year because of positive corporate events. Actions this past week were:

Varian Associates - High-tech equipment maker Varian Associates, Inc. announced Friday that it will spin off its core businesses to help beat back the effects of a weak semiconductor sector.

The plan, approved by the board, would split Varian into three businesses focused on health care systems, semiconductor equipment and various scientific instruments.

In a statement, Chairman and Chief Executive J. Tracy O'Rourke said the spinoff would give each business a sharper focus on its markets, customers, costs and growth potential. This will help boost the value of its stock price, he said. The stock was up 8 points for the week.

Intel - Intel planned to step up its battle with rivals Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and National Semiconductor Corp's Cyrix last Monday when it launched an improved, faster Celeron chip for the low-cost personal computer market.

Intel is expected to introduce two improved versions of the Celeron chip in its biggest assault yet on the booming sub-$1,000 PC market. Two Celeron chips, at speeds of 300 and 333 megahertz, will be launched, analysts said.

Aspect Development - Aspect Development split its stock 2 for 1 at the close of business Aug. 13. The stock is up 62 percent since Jan. 1.

Apple Computer - Orders continue to come in for the recently introduced iMac computer. The stock is up 227 percent since Jan. 1.

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