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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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Business Brief

Marie Callender’s remains open despite bankruptcy news

With last week’s announcement of Perkins & Marie Callender’s Inc. Chapter 11 filing, diners at the Marie Callender’s on El Camino Real in Los Altos were worried that the restaurant would be closing. Not so.

“We’re a franchise,” said Mark Wagner, assistant manager. “We’re not going anywhere.”

The corporate move comes weeks on the heels of the Bay Area-based A.G. Ferrari’s filing, with several stores closing under that bankruptcy. Los Altos’ Main Street location remains open for business.

Several of the corporate-owned Marie Callender’s closed down overnight following the company’s June 13 bankruptcy filing and subsequent reorganization.

“We are not affected by this at all,” Wagner said.

Still, customers were concerned, many calling the restaurant to ask about its status.

“All our regulars got worried that we were closing, and that was nice to hear,” Wagner said. “We’re ready to sell some pies.”

The Cravery closes

It is unclear exactly when the Cravery at 378 Main St. shut its doors – owners Mouli and Ranji were not available for comment before press time. However, Cravery CEO Brian Khoddam said several of the restaurant’s six locations in California – one in Los Altos, another in San Francisco and four in Southern California – faced a major economic downturn.

“Tough economic times and other circumstances out of our control forced us to exit the restaurant business,” Khoddam said. “For the past two years, Los Altos was operating as an independent operator with no affiliation to the original Cravery, but we allowed them to use the name.”

Popular for its pot pies, Khoddam said the company is now focusing on launching its pies in Northern California Costco stores. He’s hoping the Cravery’s BBQ Chicken pot pie will be available at the stores in approximately six weeks.

“It was a very sad and a difficult transition,” Khoddam said.

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