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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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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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Waiting for the pink slip - moving back to Nebraska

Jean on the Job

We are sometimes so isolated here in this community. Silicon Valley woes seem to slip in and out of our consciousness. Our neighbors are not all waiting for their pink slips. They are not all saying, "I escaped this week."

In speaking to some young couples recently, I've heard these sentiments:

"We love it here in California, but if either one of us loses our jobs next week, we will be packing up and moving east to live with our families. With our rent, we can't afford to live here with one salary for too many months. We never dreamed this would be happening so fast."

Or, "I have to lay off several hundred people this week. Many are my friends. I convinced several of these folks to move out here in the first place. I feel so badly about telling them they have to leave."

These are educated, MBA or engineering folks. They are bright, enthusiastic and loved Silicon Valley. I know. We are too crowded, too densely populated, too traffic congested, but it still hurts to see that some enthusiastic and dedicated young people will be the first to leave.

To those who must leave, "adios, and good luck." This era may ultimately feel like California in the '50s. It will be like the war years when servicemen had a dose of California and never forgot it. "I was stationed at the Presidio and knew I would move back here someday."

Our Silicon Valley heroes and victims will some day say something like, "I was stationed on Lawrence Expressway or Orchard Parkway or Gateway Parkway, and now I am coming back to give California another chance."

Intel, Cisco, Sun - these companies opened the doors to many new Californians, who may now have to go home to Indiana. These gold rush soldiers will leave, but not without the sunshine days and soothingly cool nights etched in their minds and hearts. The brain trysts, the technical conversations at Starbucks, the business news that makes the international news-this is our community. The highs and lows of organizations that shape the world. We are the business and technology of the universe.

The departing dot-com executives will not forget us. They tasted our sunshine and our gold. The taste may be quite bitter in the moment, but our commerce, our academic institutions and our morale in general will be sweetening in the days ahead. As our friends come and go - and some will return - the stable-ites, those who can stay and feel secure, are the lucky ones. That's probably you and me.

Jean A. Hollands, CEO, Growth & Leadership Center, author, "Silicon Syndrome: How to Survive a High-Tech Relationship," "Optimistic Organizations" and "Red Ink Behavior: Measure the High Cost of Problem Employees," was voted Business Woman of the Year in 1986 and 1996. Write to GLC, 1451 Grant Road, Mountain View, 94040.

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