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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Letters to the Editor

Customer service tops in Los Altos

Even though I’m a resident of Mountain View, I love shopping in downtown Los Altos.

Why? Where else do you find excellent customer service?

Recently, I placed an order for a Colonial candle with the owner of Cranberry Scoop. First, she let me know she had just placed an order and would check to see if my candle could be added in this order. Wanting to ensure that the correct candle was ordered (Sparkle or Sparkling Snowflake), I received a voicemail message saying I could respond on their after-hours answering machine.

Within days, Cranberry Scoop called to say my candle was in. She also remembered I would be shipping the candle and left it in the box. This is only one example of the type of customer service one will encounter while shopping in downtown Los Altos.

Thanks to all the friendly, courteous and caring business owners. I appreciate your faithful service to our community.

Sue Seubert

Mountain View

‘Fiscal cliff’ food for thought

When there is less food on the table, everybody’s table manners change: note Greece. Currently, it’s our employee Uncle Sam who is overweight and lives beyond his means. We, as his employer, must provide the necessary medical prescriptions to correct his obesity and excessive buying habits with the credit card.

First, our companies have some $1 trillion kept overseas. They will not bring it in with a 35 percent tax. Allow them to bring in the money, tax free. But they must use 10 to 20 percent to buy U.S. bonds at 1 to 2 percent below what we sell to China. Likewise, all the federal, state and local unions must also buy bonds at the same rates. Results: $800 billion to $900 billion in private stimulus. Unlike the government stimulus, private capital would increase employment, revenues to the government and profits.

Second, Uncle Sam must be put on a diet with 10 percent fewer calories. Next, freeze expenditures over the next two to five years.

Third, Social Security adjustment must be addressed. It is necessary to have all earned income be available to the Social Security fund. Begin Social Security at age 67.

Finally, public unions must be regulated. Fifty-year-olds are obtaining increased retirement benefits with the ability to double dip. This removes food from the table.

Bon appetit.

John Nicholson, M.D.

Los Altos

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