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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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French delights emerge from Beausejour


What really defines a French restaurant is not the service or the décor, but the food. Beauséjour Restaurant Francais in Los Altos serves French classics such as carre d'agneau, canard a' l'orange and ris de veau maison in the finest culinary tradition.

William and Anh Yee have operated Beauséjour in the same location since 1986. William as the chef brings passion and flair to the cuisine. Anh greets customers and ensures discrete and professional service.

Although Beauséjour specializes in classic French dishes, it has modified recipes to reflect contemporary California tastes by reducing the use of butter and cream sauces.

"Food is prepared in more of a healthy style. People ask for steamed vegetables and broiled fish," William said. "People ask for no salt, and that is no problem. The menu is changed four times a year and features items the customers request."

Other changes have occurred over the 16 years since Beauséjour opened.

"The economy was better when we opened, the food cost less and the rent was much lower in those days," William said. "We had a piano bar, but those are passé now."

One very evident difference is the type of alcohol which complements meals. When the Yees opened, diners typically ordered a cocktail before and during dinner. Today, wine has replaced the cocktail.

"Women used to drink white zinfandel or rosé wines. Now they prefer chardonnay," Anh said.

The current menu features frog's legs, escargots, scampi and a great Caesar salad. But I have been searching for onion soup the way I like it for years. Beauséjour's soup a l'oignon gratinee is a treasure.

Bite-sized onions, not overcooked; a good brown broth, not overpowered by salt; crowned by a crusty cheese and baked with submerged croutons recalled my memories with its flavor. Every French household has its own interpretation, and every French restaurant diner has his or her personal favorite; and I like the Beauséjour combination.

Recently, I had the pleasure of enjoying dinner for eight in one of the smaller banquet rooms where different entrées were served, including duck, sweetbreads and lamb.

The ris de veau maison, veal sweetbreads, are served with puff pastry, carrots and champignons. They can be sautéed, braised, poached, grilled or fried. A la carte, $17.95.

William ensures a crisp outer skin without sacrificing the inner moisture for his canard a' l'orange or duck by scoring it before baking to the requested medium or medium rare. A la carte, $20.95.

The carre d'agneau, lamb, is served with scalloped potato, asparagus and roasted garlic sauce. A la carte, $23.95.

The soufflé grand marnier furnishes a feast for the senses. It must be ordered when you sit down to be ready for dessert, but it's worth the wait and the reasonable $8.95 price.

William admitted he watches food programs on television. "I watch what foods they focus on. I like the Iron Chef. Never met him, but I will someday," said William. "I really don't have the time, but we joined the Asian Chef Association in San Francisco."

Many of the Yee's customers are middle-aged or older; but there is a trend for couples in their 30s choosing Beauséjour for special occasions.

The restaurant flourished during the '80s when it was the favorite of the new breed of executives from companies like Apple, Intel and Tandem; now they tend to be from H-P, Synopsys and Loral.

"We still have diplomats and ambassadors come in with their bodyguards," Anh said.

Beauséjour offers an executive lunch, with a choice of pasta, chicken, salad or ravioli, for under $10.

The sunset, or early bird two-course dinner is $16.95 and includes six different entrée items and salad or soup du jour.

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