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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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Farmer's Market produces bumper crop for city this year, fertile plans for next


Town Crier File Photo

Profits from the newly-implemented downtown Farmer's Market may produce a partnership agreement for a Maintenance Fund to provide mutually agreed-upon projects for Los Altos.

According to Economic Development Coordinator Laura MacEachen and Los Altos Village Association executive director Kathleen Byrne, the market produced exactly what was intended.

"This first-year event on Thursday evenings from 4-8 p.m. enhanced the business climate in downtown Los Altos last summer," MacEachen said. "Some stores stayed open later and restaurants did a booming business. Now it remains to be seen whether more stores will jump on the bandwagon next season to capture a portion of the business the market brings in."

MacEachen said the city was delighted to have the Village Association coordinate "a very complicated and time-consuming event." She said she sees no reason the city would not issue a special event permit for continuance of the market next season.

The Board of Directors of the Village Association was pleased with the outcome of this year's market, according to Byrne. In a special report to the city, she said, "We achieved our goal of providing a community event to bring residents downtown during non-peak periods and to promote downtown business."

Opening June 15 and running until Oct. 26, 20 market days, the market was located on State between Second and Third streets. An average of 200 farmers participated, including three walk-away food vendors and 15 food purveyors who sold such items as flowers, bread and olive oil.

"The merchants' response to the market was very positive for a first year event," Byrne said. "The nearby businesses were largely supportive and many - such as Linden Tree, Flooring Options and Citibank - participated in the event."

The Los Altos City Council discussed the season wrap-up of the Farmer's Market at its Dec. 12 meeting and tabled it for consideration in 2001. The selection of vendors through a competitive selection process and a partnership agreement for a Downtown Maintenance Fund are next year's challenges.

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