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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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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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Los Altos Educational Foundation raises annual grant – and more


Photo By: Courtesy of LAEF
Photo Courtesy Of Laef

Los Altos Educational Foundation officials present .35 million and 5,000 checks at the district’s Junior Olympics April 28.

Fueled by parent donations, the Los Altos Educational Foundation fulfilled its promise to the Los Altos School District, presenting a check for $2.35 million at the Junior Olympics April 28.

The foundation also delivered a second check for an additional $205,000.

The larger grant funded staff and programs for K-8 students across the nine schools in the district, including class-size reduction, art, music, science, PE and junior-high electives and teachers in charge.

“Los Altos School District parents and community donors have done it again this year,” said LAEF Co-President Joe Seither. “Our community is deeply committed to high-quality, full-featured public education in small neighborhood schools. This dedication to excellence, along with a readiness to provide the necessary funding, makes LASD a magnet for young families.”

Last July, at its fiscal year-end, the foundation had received more donations than it had committed to the district, so it provided the additional funding for programs that parents and the district identified as priorities, such as Khan Academy and Communications, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Employer donation-matching programs generated additional revenue for the foundation.

The foundation will announce the size and structure of next year’s grant before school ends.

“We are working closely with the district to plan for next school year,” said foundation Co-President Kristine Bardman. “We’ve already surveyed parents on their satisfaction with this year’s foundation-funded programs, so we’re very clear on what’s important to them going forward. This annual feedback from parents guides our grant-making process every year.”

Next year’s slate of foundation officers includes Co-Presidents Bardman and Brooke Schiller, Vice President Marilyn Stanley, Treasurer Nancy Faz and Secretary Jennifer Carlstrom. The foundation will appoint three parent volunteers from each of the nine district schools in the fall.

The Los Altos Educational Foundation is accepting donations toward next year’s grant. To donate, visit laefonline.net/donate.

For more information, visit laefonline.net.

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