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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Carmel offers respite from holiday bustle


Photo By: Eren Gknar/Special to the Town Crier
Photo Eren Gknar/Special To The Town Crier Deer roam through a field of lavender at the winding entrance to Carmel Valley Ranch. The resort uses lavender in its spa and restaurant.

 

The weeks after Christmas and New Year’s Day offer revelers a chance to regain their strength from the rounds of holiday cooking and frolicking. It’s a good time to relax and get away for two or three days. Throughout the month of January, quaint Carmel quiets down, and a few more rooms become available at the inns.

Monta Potter, CEO of the Carmel Chamber of Commerce, boasts about the area’s mild climate – an average of 60 F in January. Point Lobos State Preserve offers coastside hiking and some of the most beautiful views in the region.

Even if it’s cold, there are plenty of alternatives to the beach. Carmel Wine Walk passports sell for $50 and allow holders to taste at seven local tasting rooms via self-guided tour and map. Stop by the Visitors’ Center between Fifth and Sixth streets downtown to buy one.

Potter also noted that Carmel has three theatrical companies, and “there are concerts of all kinds going on all the time.”

The following lodges offer rejuvenating winter specials.

Carmel Valley Ranch

Carmel Valley Ranch, 1 Old Ranch Road, features packages for the Christmas weary. For those still in the holiday spirit, the hotel’s Spa Aiyana offers a unique $195 Neroli gold massage using resins of frankincense, myrrh and gold.

The Ranch sits on 500 acres and includes two saltwater pools and hot tubs, as well as tennis courts and a golf course.

Choices include booking an overnight suite with daily continental breakfast for two, featuring a one-time $50 activity credit toward tennis, golf or the spa. Suites range from 650 square feet to the two 1,200-square-foot Carmel Suites. Pay the regular rate, but the resort will credit you for half off a third consecutive night. The resort will also credit customers for half off a third consecutive night for a future stay through May 16. Rates start at $325, so this could be a good deal.

Chef Tim Wood’s favorite organic farm-to-table six-course feast celebrates New Year’s Eve 6-11 p.m. Monday. For $145 per person, dishes include Lobster Salad, Winter Black Truffle Risotto and a third-course selection of Sonoma Duck, Filet of Beef or Alaskan Halibut. For dessert, choose from Honey Salt Pot de Crème, Apple Crisp or Lavender Ice Cream (the resort grows hundreds of lavender plants).

Partygoers will receive party bags. Reservations are required, either by contacting the concierge or by calling (831) 626-2599.

The after-dinner dance in the Oak Room is free to all guests, and a cash bar will available. DJs will spin music from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The resort also presents a family-friendly buffet dinner in the Redwood Room 6-9:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve, at $75 for adults and $30 for children.

The menu includes hors d’oeuvres, salads, a sushi display, a raw shellfish bar, turkey, pork loin, truffle bread pudding and a choice of desserts. For reservations, call (831) 626-2599.

For more information, call (866) 405-5037 or visit www.carmelvalleyranch.com.

Inns By The Sea

In Carmel-by-the-Sea, where you can stroll through the shops downtown, Inns By The Sea, a collection of distinctive resorts, offers winter specials.

Travelers can use a promotional code of “20SAVE” for an additional $20 off the best available rate during this off-season.

The inns feature bed-and-breakfast charm and some offer Jacuzzi tubs, kitchens and fireplaces. Most are pet-friendly.

Accommodations under the Inns By The Sea umbrella include The Babbling Brook, Candlelight, Carriage House, Cypress, Dolphin, Depot Hill, Svensgaard and Wayside.

For more information, call (800) 610-3239 or visit www.innsbythesea.com.

For more information and a list of things to do in Carmel, visit www.carmelcalifornia.org.

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