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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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Gardner Bullis students learn stewardship through environmental restoration project


Photo By: Courtesy of Town of Los Altos Hills
Photo Courtesy Of Town Of Los Altos Hills

Gardner Bullis School sixth-graders collaborate to restore Adobe Creek at Edith Park.

The town of Los Altos Hills recently received more than $83,000 from the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s Environmental Enhancement Implementation Grant Program. The funds will be used to restore Adobe Creek at Edith Park to its native riparian habitat and to provide educational outreach to local students.

Debbie Pedro, planning director for Los Altos Hills, and Jon Laslett, project manager at the Santa Cruz-based habitat restoration firm Ecological Concerns Inc., collaborated to secure the grant and plan the project.

The native habitat in Edith Park had become overgrown with invasive species, compromising the area’s biodiversity. By removing invasive species and planting native varieties, the project aims to increase native plant diversity along the restored stretch of Adobe Creek and boost habitat quality along the wildlife corridor. The installation of native plants was finished in mid-December, and maintenance and monitoring of the work will continue through 2016.

Up the street from the restoration site, Gardner Bullis School’s sixth-graders have been studying environmental sciences all year and partnered on the community project. Ecological Concerns conducted planting demonstrations and lessons in ecology onsite.

The curriculum came full circle when 51 students planted approximately 600 native plants in just two days.

“This was an excellent opportunity for our students to experience the science curriculum in context by exploring local ecosystems while serving the community and the environment,” said Gardner Bullis Principal Courtney Cadwell.

The water district awarded $3.4 million in grants for projects that span the Central California region. Since 2000, 385 acres of tidal and riparian habitat have been restored in Santa Clara County. The program has resulted in the protection of endangered species and the creation of safe passage for fish native to California’s waterways.

For more information, visit www.valleywater.org.

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