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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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Cupertino schools and incumbents win approval in June 5 election

Despite presidential, congressional and state office primaries, numerous statewide initiatives and a Cupertino Union School District bond measure on the ballot, only slightly more than 37 percent of eligible Santa Clara County voters participated in the June 5 Presidential Primary Election.

Numbers specific to the Los Altos area were unavailable as of the Town Crier’s press deadline.

According to the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, the majority of those who voted submitted Vote by Mail ballots. Only 6.48 percent of voters cast their ballots at polling locations. Another 6,600 provisional ballots will be added to the vote total by July 5.

A $220 million bond measure for the improvement of school facilities in the Cupertino Union School District won approval from 66.16 percent of voters. Approximately 800 Los Altos students attend Cupertino schools, including Cupertino Junior High School and Montclaire Elementary School, located at 1160 St. Joseph Ave. in Los Altos.

According to district officials, the bond mandates that homeowners pay an additional $29 per $100,000 of assessed valuation the year after the first series of bonds is sold and the year the last series of bonds is sold.

Winning candidates for local office include termed-out state Sen. Joe Simitian, who received 58.3 percent of the votes to capture the District 5 seat on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. Assemblyman Rich Gordon, a Democrat who represents Los Altos and District 21, retained his seat with 55.39 percent of the vote.

Incumbent U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, won 59.96 percent of the vote, and will face Republican Elizabeth Emken, who won 8.86 percent, in the Nov. 6 general election.

U.S. Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, a Democrat who represents Los Altos in the new 18th congressional district, won her primary easily, with 59.86 percent of the vote in Santa Clara County. Eshoo will run against Republican Dave Chapman in the general election.

County Registrar of Voters officials said the elections ran smoothly despite recent redistricting and changes to the collection of ballots. Volunteers from the Kiwanis Club of Los Altos acted as couriers, gathering and delivering ballots to the Registrar of Voters’ office election night after polls closed.

For a full list of election results, visit www.sccgov.org/elections/results/jun2012.

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