Mon10202014

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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‘Suspicious,’ apparently unrelated incidents dot area


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Police sketch from Bubb incident

Three separate incidents in Mountain View, Los Altos Hills and Los Altos had police and school officials on high alert last week.

In Mountain View, police continue to investigate a report that a man lunged at a 9-year-old student at Bubb Elementary School Thursday before fleeing the scene.

According to a police department statement, the man was stretching against a tetherball pole at approximately 8:45 a.m. Thursday. When the student, returning to class from the restroom, came within 6 feet of him, police said, he lunged at her and then ran off.

The man was described as a heavyset white male in his 50s, wearing a navy-blue polo shirt and gray jeans.

“The Mountain View Whisman School District immediately instituted a buddy system for any student who needed to leave class for any reason,” according to the police department statement. “Parents were also notified of the incident. Police officers provided extra presence on campuses as the schools let out early due to a minimum day.”

Attempted kidnapping

in Los Altos Hills

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department classified an incident in Los Altos Hills that occurred at approximately 11:20 a.m. Thursday as an attempted kidnapping. A sheriff’s spokesman said the incident was unrelated to the Bubb episode.

A woman in her early 20s was running near the corner of Hillview Road and Hilltop Drive when a man driving a new Ford F-150 pickup blocked her path, according to Lt. Don Morrissey.

When the woman tried to maneuver around the truck, the driver blocked her again.

When she turned to run the other way, the driver, described as in his 20s or 30s with brown hair and a brown baseball hat, paralleled her slowly. She eventually escaped and called the sheriff’s department from her cellphone.

When sheriff’s deputies arrived in force, the suspect had already fled.

“Be vigilant,” Morrissey said. “If you see something, don’t be afraid to call us.”

Suspicion diffused in Los Altos

Los Altos police officers received reports of a suspicious person lingering outside St. Simon Parish School on Grant Road Thursday. When approached by a school administrator, the suspect fled via bicycle on Foothill Expressway.

Capt. Andy Galea said that after investigation, police believe the suspect was a cyclist waiting for friends.

“It appears at this time that there was no crime,” Galea said.

Mountain View and Los Altos police officers have determined that the Bubb, Los Altos Hills and St. Simon incidents are unrelated.

Local schools react

Los Altos School District Superintendent Jeff Baier last week issued an email to parents to alert them to the incidents and inform them of the precautions school staff plan to take.

Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Superintendent Barry Groves asked families to discuss exercising caution around strangers.

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