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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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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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Local candidates in place as ballot deadline expires

The filing deadline for the Nov. 6 election expired last week, with a variety of incumbents and newcomers on the local ballot.

Following is a rundown of the candidates.

Los Altos

Six Los Altos residents have filed nomination papers to run for three open seats on the Los Altos City Council.

According to the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, the final list of candidates includes Jon Baer, Jeannie Bruins, Anabel Pelham, Jan Pepper, Megan Satterlee and Jerry Sorensen.

Baer and Bruins are both former Los Altos Planning Commissioners, with Baer serving as the volunteer body’s chairman until its dissolution earlier this year. Baer currently serves on the recently formed Planning and Transportation Commission.

Pelham, a university professor, is currently on the city’s Senior Commission.

Pepper was the 2011-2012 president of the League of Women Voters of the Los Altos-Mountain View Area. She serves in a communications role for the organization.

Satterlee, the field’s lone incumbent, is seeking a second consecutive term. Prior to her election to the council in 2007, she served on the Planning Commission, the Architecture and Site Review Committee and the Board of Adjustments.

Sorensen is a downtown property owner and management consultant. Among other commitments, he served as a member of Los Altos 2025, a community group focused on the revitalization of the downtown triangle.

Los Altos Hills

As of Aug. 10, three candidates had submitted nomination papers for the Los Altos Hills City Council race, but incumbent Councilwoman Ginger Summit was not among them. Because Summit did not file papers, the filing deadline for the council race has been extended until 5 p.m. today to allow additional candidates to file.

Incumbent Mayor Rich Larsen, retired business owner Courtenay Corrigan and retired software engineer John Harpootlian filed papers to run for the three open council seats. If no additional candidates file by today, residents of Los Altos Hills can expect a quiet campaign season, with much less election activity than past contested races.

Los Altos School District

In the race for two open seats on the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees, four candidates have thrown their hats in the ring.

Steve Taglio, an incumbent, has served on the board for a year following his appointment to complete a former board member’s term. He has two children, former Covington School students who now attend Egan Junior High and Los Altos High schools.

Vladimir Ivanovic has served on a number of district committees and the Citizens Advisory Committee for Finance. His two daughters attend Gardner Bullis School.

Amanda Burke-Aaronson is the mother of three daughters who attend Bullis Charter School. Burke-Aaronson said she is running to help the community heal and grow, and to encourage parent input during the “good times as well as the contentious ones.”

Pablo Luther is a local financial executive who currently serves as chairman of the district’s Citizens Advisory Committee for Finance.

Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District

Two Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District incumbents, Susan Sweeley and Phil Faillace are running without opposition in the race for two open seats on the board of trustees.

Foothill-De Anza

Community College District

Incumbents Joan Barram, Betsy Bechtel and Laura Casas Frier are running for re-election. Small-business owner and De Anza student Geby Espinosa, a Mountain View resident, has also filed to run for one of three open seats.

El Camino Hospital District

According to the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, it’s a field of five candidates for three seats on the El Camino Hospital District Board of Directors.

The final field consists of Wesley Alles, Dennis Chiu, Bill James, Julia E. Miller and John Zoglin. A sixth candidate, Mountain View resident Catherine Vonnegut, did not file nomination papers by the Aug. 10 deadline.

Among the candidates are incumbents Alles and Zoglin. Alles, a Mountain View resident, was first appointed to the board in 2003 and is seeking his third full term. Zoglin, a Los Altos resident, currently serves as district board chairman and is seeking his second full term.

Chiu, a Sunnyvale resident, is an attorney at Prodigy Law. He currently serves as vice chairman of the Santa Clara County Planning Commission and was appointed to Sunnyvale’s Housing and Human Services Commission earlier this year.

James is a Los Altos resident and partner at the law firm Van Pelt, Yi & James LLP in Cupertino. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and served from 1986-1991.

Miller is a Sunnyvale resident. She was a city councilwoman and mayor from 1997-2005 and currently serves as an administrator at the Chamber of Commerce Coalition of Santa Clara County.

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