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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Minimize home burglary risk

Short of installing a moat with hungry alligators, Los Altos Police Sgt. Scott McCrossin is quick to point out that residents can’t entirely prevent criminals from breaking into their homes – especially while the owners are on vacation or business trips. He recommends the following simple steps to minimize the risk of being targeted for burglary. • Smile for the camera. In Los Altos, homes are typically a multimillion-dollar investment. Why not protect that investment with the installation of a surveillance system? The standard home-surveillance system can be purchased and installed for $1,000 or less, according to McCrossin. It serves as a deterrent to burglars and assists police in solving crimes. In one recent case, police received credible evidence after a neighbor’s surveillance system filmed suspects breaking into a nearby home. • The porch light’s on, but nobody’s home. Leaving the porch light on during the day is one of the most common signs that the resident is not in. Invest in timers for some lights to throw burglars off. • Be a good neighbor. Several areas of Los Altos have active Neighborhood Watch programs. Meet the local Neighborhood Watch captain and notify him or her ahead of time if you plan to be away from home. Another common indicator that a resident is absent is a full mailbox or newspapers piled in view. Stop your newspaper, have the U.S. Postal Service hold your mail or ask your neighbor to collect deliveries daily. • Don’t let the grass grow. An overgrown lawn is another common sign that someone is out of town. Make arrangements to have your lawn mowed by a landscaping service or neighbor while you’re gone. • Lock the doors. Despite the relatively low number of burglaries in Los Altos, residents should lock their doors and windows before leaving their homes or exiting their vehicles. In several cases, residents have reported burglaries where suspects easily entered through unlocked doors. The police frequently receive reports of thefts of valuable items like electronics left visible in unlocked cars.

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