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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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Traffic signal concerns Clark Avenue neighborhood

Recognizing the intersection of Clark Avenue and El Camino Real as an accident hot spot, Caltrans officials plan to install a traffic signal next year. But nearby Mountain View and Los Altos residents worry that the signal would actually increase traffic in their neighborhoods.

“It seems that few, if any, Caltrans or city officials realize that commuters and other motorists avoid the El Monte Avenue/El Camino Real and El Monte/Springer Road intersections to cut through our neighborhoods,” said Stephen Friedman, who lives on Jardin Drive.

Friedman said many of his neighbors worry that the signal could attract more traffic down Clark, especially because it already draws cut-through traffic from Interstate 280 to Clark/El Camino Real.

Residents initially formed a Traffic Signal Study Committee to address concerns about the signal and traffic generated by a proposed Chick-fil-A restaurant at 1962 El Camino Real. The Mountain View City Council rejected a drive-through plan for the restaurant last month, but residents remain distressed about the impact of a traffic signal.

The residents’ committee has met with city officials to articulate concerns and arrive at possible solutions.

The outcome of those talks was scheduled for discussion at Tuesday’s Mountain View City Council meeting, after the Town Crier’s press deadline.

According to Caltrans branch manager RocQuel Johnson, the proposed project calls for installing new traffic signals, constructing Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant ramps, extending the raised concrete median island, overlaying the pavement with asphalt concrete and restriping the lanes.

“This project is a safety project to minimize accidents at the intersection of Clark Avenue and El Camino Real in the city of Mountain View,” she said, adding that construction may begin “sometime in early 2013.”

Friedman asserts that the signal plan has not been given enough study.

Mountain View Mayor Mike Kasperzak, who lives in the neighborhood, agrees. He said the city has asked Caltrans not to award a contract for installation until other alternatives are explored.

“There is a significant likelihood for increased traffic,” Kasperzak said.

He noted that motorists would be tempted to take Clark to avoid what would amount to three traffic signals on El Camino within close proximity to one another.

One alternative, Kasperzak said, would be to prohibit left turns from Clark onto El Camino Real.

Johnson said Caltrans is aware of residents’ objections to the signal, and they were considered in the planning.

“Caltrans has worked with the city of Mountain View,” Johnson said. “City officials reviewed the plans and their comments were incorporated. Caltrans has also attended meetings with the city and residents to discuss their concerns.”

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