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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

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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Gunn students shoot for high-tech success

Titan Computer Services scores major account

You're never too young to be an entrepreneur. Just ask the employees at one of Silicon Valley's youngest companies, Titan Computer Services. Located in Sunnyvale, the firm is founded and staffed by a group of Gunn High School students.

The students, ranging from juniors to graduated seniors, formed the company after taking a two-semester computer repair and maintenance class offered at Gunn. The class met at 7 a.m. and was part of the Regional Occupational Program, which helps students acquire hands-on experience and marketable skills.

Jim Thrall, a resident of Mountain View who taught the course, said he wanted the class to lead to something useful for the students. He decided on preparing the students for A+ certification, which consists of a two-part test and is the industry standard in hardware and basic operating system certification.

Essentially, Thrall said, "the students took a computer, tore it down, looked at each of the parts and put it back together again ... and made sure it all worked in the end."

Dan Pojanamat, a senior at Gunn, said, "A few students in the class decided on forming the company about halfway through the school year." Under the loose guidance of Thrall, they wrote a business plan for Titan (named after the Gunn mascot), using Microsoft Business Manager. Once summer arrived, Thrall found a warehouse-type office space for them, and they set to work.

"Although the first few weeks were slow," said Kristian Klivo, another Gunn student, "it has picked up recently."

Earlier this month, Adalis Systems contracted with TCS to upgrade all the Mailboxes Etc. locations in the Bay Area. This is approximately 110 locations, stretching from Petaluma to Gilroy.

With only a few weeks to complete the job, the staff quickly organized. They meet at the office each morning, pick up location maps and checklists, then in teams of two, head off to do on-site upgrades. Thrall said the traveling has not been too inconvenient, since "most of them just got their (driver's) licenses and are eager to be on the road."

He added this has also brought about unique problems, such as the time when the driver fell ill, and the team was stranded, because the passenger couldn't drive.

Thrall, who is also a wrestling coach at Gunn and has his own company to contend with, Vorpal Networks, said he is "very pleased with the work of the staff and (they) are ready for even more challenging work."

Besides upgrading, TCS also provides computer repair, installation of software and operating systems and assists companies in moving and setting up local area networks. TCS markets itself as a provider of "high quality and low-cost services on site at your home or business ... at a very competitive rate."

For more information, call 280-1459 or visit their Web site at www.vorpalnet.com/tcs.

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