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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

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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Business Briefs

Legato Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:LGTO) has announced the launch of its customer certification and consultant certification programs. The programs provide both intensive hands-on technical training and on-site knowledge transfer.

"As distributed environments grow more complex, there is an increased need for (information technology) staff and system integrators to have strong skills in implementing and maintaining data protection," said Mark Diamond, director of professional services. "Legato has developed these programs to ensure that the technical staff of both our customers and partners develop and maintain the skills for deploysing Legato products in these environments. This, in turn, results in a higher return on investment for the customer.

For more information visit the Legato Web site at www.legato.com.

Cordingly named BAL president

BAL Associates, Software and Hardware Consulting Services of Los Altos has announced the promotion of Glenn Cordingley to president of the high-tech recruiting company. Cordingly takes responsibility for BAL's East and West Coast operations. Formerly vice president of sales and marketing for BAL, he will continue to oversee the company's sales and marketing functions. He reports to founder and former president, Brahm Levin. Levin retains the title of chief executive officer and will supervise the company's role as a leading supplier of contract and permanent employees to Silicon Valley technology companies.

The transition comes during a period of change for BAL, which was recently purchased by Personnel Group of America, a $600-million North Carolina company specializing in temporary services.

Founded in 1989, BAL specializes in qualifying and placing high-end software and hardware engineers. For more information call 951-6016.

Varian's first product returns, briefly

Blackberry jam is one way Varian Associates is reminding its past and present employees of the fun the founders had when the company was a startup 50 years ago.

The story is that in 1948 finances were tight for the fledgling firm and the founders' spouses helped out. Once, Charlie Litton of Litton Industries gave them a flat of fresh blackberries. Two innovative wives decided to make jam in the empty research and development lab during lunchtime. While stirring the jam pot on the two-burner stove, they were surprised by a visit from a potential customer for a klystron, one of the firm's first products. The customer jokingly referred to the jam as one of Rus Varian's "strange experiments." That Christmas he received a jar of "Varian's first product line" with a note saying the jam was not available for re-order, but he could have as many klystrons as he wanted.

Varian is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a limited production of its blackberry jam. The global company, boasted $1.4 billion in 1997 revenues. It holds more than 10,000 patents.

Business after-hours mixer

Los Altos Sub-Acute & Rehabilitation Center will host the June 3 Los Altos Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours Mixer. The event is scheduled from 5:30-7 p.m. at the center, 809 Fremont Ave.

For information, call 948-6238.

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