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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

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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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Community Briefs

Dodge-Ballerz tourney kicks off Saturday

The city of Mountain View Recreation Division and the Youth Advisory Committee have scheduled Dodge-Ballerz: The Tournament 5:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Mountain View Sports Pavilion, 1185 Castro St. The tournament is open to high school students.

Teams may enter five to six players. Prizes will be awarded in various categories.

The registration deadline is 5 p.m. Friday. Pre-register by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Include contact information, team name and names, schools and grades of team members.

For more information, call 903-6410 or visit www.ci.mtnview.ca.us and click “Library, Arts, Parks & Rec,” then “Teen Services.”

Medicare updates reviewed at Senior Center

The Los Altos Senior Center has scheduled Connie Corrales, HICAP program director at the Council on Aging, to discuss “2013 Medicare Updates and Changes” 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 12 at the Senior Center, 97 Hillview Ave.

Attendees may bring a lunch; dessert will be provided.

For reservations or more information, call 947-2797. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Holiday celebrations begin at History Museum

“Catch the Spirit II” is scheduled noon to 4 p.m. today at the Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road. The adjacent J. Gilbert Smith History House is decorated for the holiday season and docents will lead tours and relate the home’s history.

Docents will serve a birthday cake commemorating the 60th anniversary of the incorporation of Los Altos.

The History Museum’s exhibition “Bear in Mind: The Story of the California Grizzly” is open to the public. Admission to the event and museum is free.

For more information, visit www.losaltoshistory.org.

Library sponsors game event

The Los Altos Library has scheduled a game event for children, parents and grandparents 4-5:30 p.m. Friday at the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Featured games include the Angelina Ballerina Dancing Game, Fancy Nancy Dress Up, Jenga, Pop the Pig, Pig Pile, Pirateer, Checkers, Monopoly, Ticket to Ride, Apples to Apples, Space Walk and Killer Bunnies.

For more information, call 948-7683, ext. 3524, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.sccl.org.

MV library hosts eReader fair

The Mountain View Public Library has scheduled the eBook and eReader Technology Fair 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday in the library’s Community Room, 585 Franklin St.

Representatives from Best Buy and Barnes & Noble will be on hand to demonstrate products and answer questions about eReaders. The event will showcase a variety of popular eReaders, and staff will demonstrate how to download free library eBooks and audiobooks to eReaders, mobile devices and computer.

For more information, visit 903-6896.

Festival of Lights parade scheduled Nov. 25

The all-volunteer Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade Association has scheduled the 35th annual parade 6 p.m. Nov. 25 along Main and State streets in downtown Los Altos.

The parade has a rain date of 6 p.m. Dec. 2, the following Sunday, should the Nov. 25 date be rained out. If a rain delay occurs, it will not be called until 3 p.m. parade day and will be announced first on the Festival of Lights Parade website.

For more information, visit www.losaltosparade.org.

Museum features ‘Bear in Mind’ display

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled “Bear in Mind: The Story of the California Grizzly,” on display through March 24.

According to exhibition organizers, scientists estimate that 10,000 grizzlies once roamed California. However, through increased human settlement, loss of habitat and hunting, the grizzly vanished from the state by the early 1900s, seen only on the state flag.

The Los Altos History Museum is located at 51 S. San Antonio Road. Admission is free. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays.

For more information, visit www.losaltoshistory.org or all 948-9427.

Next Celebrity Forum welcomes Bill Clinton

The 2012-2013 Foothill College Celebrity Forum Speakers Series runs through May at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on the De Anza College campus, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino.

The annual series, moderated by founder Dick Henning, presents speakers from various fields who appear for three consecutive nights.Upcoming speakers are:

• Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Dec. 5-7

• Political satirist Mark Russell, Jan. 16-18

• Former Mexican President Vicente Fox, Feb. 6-8

• Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, March 27-29

• Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Dave Barry, May 1-3

For tickets and more information, call 949-7176 or visit celebrityforum.net.

Volunteer awards scheduled Dec. 7

The 30th Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Joint Community Volunteer Service Awards Luncheon is scheduled 11:45 a.m. Dec. 7 at Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place, Los Altos Hills.

The awards recognize volunteers whose service has impacted Los Altos and/or Los Altos Hills.

Tickets, $30 per person, are available online and at the door.

For tickets, visit www.jointvolunteerawards.com.

For more information, call 941-7222 or 941-1697.

Cops and Gobblers event set for Sunday

The 16th annual Cops and Gobblers project is scheduled 8 a.m. Sunday at the Mountain View Police and Fire Department headquarters, 1000 Villa St.

Volunteers at the event, sponsored by the Mountain View Police Officers Association, prepare and deliver food baskets to needy families throughout the city. The Mountain View Rotary and Kiwanis clubs and the Challenge Team partner with police to collect and assemble donations.

Organizers plan to feed more than 300 families this year.

For more information, email Amber Wilson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Build-a-Box program recruits volunteers

The Build-a-Box project needs volunteers as organizers prepare their annual Thanksgiving deliveries to hundreds of needy families Monday.

Helpers deliver boxes with a turkey and all the trimmings to those who otherwise would not have had a dinner.

The boxes containing the meals are no longer donated, so project supporters are asking individuals or companies to underwrite the expense.

In 1987, the late Art Scott, a local realtor, founded the Thanksgiving Build-a-Box project. For more than 20 years, the volunteer program has provided Thanksgiving dinners to the needy. In memory of Scott, who died in 2003, his family and friends continue the tradition each year.

For more information, to volunteer or to contribute, contact Valerie Smith at 941-1111.

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