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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Online Only: Police Blotter

Los Altos helped out the Mountain View Fire Department when it responded to an early morning mobile home fire on Jan. 13.

One unit in the Sahara Mobile Village was destroyed in the blaze, which is still under investigation but did not appear suspicious according to Mountain View Fire Public Information Officer Jaime Garrett.

Mountain View requested a battalion chief from Los Altos for the two-alarm fire. A second battalion chief can coordinate overall safety at the scene of a fire while the first battalion chief serves as incident commander. Garrett said that the close proximity of homes built from flammable materials drove the second alarm.
“Mobile homes, the materials and construction type, they are very, very flammable,” she said. “Anything above a one alarm fire we have to call for mutual aid resources.”

The Santa Clara County Fire department also responded to a passenger vehicle fire on Robleda Road in Los Altos Hills after a car collided with a power pole on Jan. 14.

Fraud and theft
Someone at 40 Main St. reported a fraud in progress, as did folks at Bank of the West and Fiesta Vallarta. Cold reports of theft came in from the 800 block of University Avenue, Andiamo Salon, and Safeway.
Residents on the 900 block of Aura Way reported a residential burglary attempt and on the 2000 block of Farndon Ave. reported a residential burglary.
The 1100 block of Covington Road experienced a bike theft, the 1400 block of Miramonte Ave registered the theft of mail and someone on the 500 block of Deodara Dr reported identity theft.
 
Stolen Vehicles
Residents reported stolen vehicles on the 2000 block of Latham Street and the 1400 block of Cedar Place, and a stolen vehicle was recovered on the 2200 block of Homestead Court.
 
Traffic collisions
Traffic collisions occurred without injury at the intersections of S El Monte and University Avenue, Foothill Expressway and Edith Road and Foothill Expressway and Highway 280. A hit-and-run accident at S Antonio Road and Whitney Street also included no injury. A traffic collision on the 1100 block of Covington Road included one complaint of pain.
 
Mayhem
Officers took report of a coyote running through the area of St. Joseph Avenue and Foothill Expressway last week. They took calls related to disturbing the peace on the 800 block of Fremont Avenue, trespassing at 316 State St., a family disturbance on the 1200 block of Petersen Court and construction noise complaints at 960 San Antonio Road and on the 700 block of Sunshine Drive. The Walgreens on Second ST. reported vandalism.
 
Canine collaboration
Mountain View Police Department’s two-year-old Labrador, Zeus, participated in a “postal interdiction inspection” in December. He was helping out the Santa Clara County Special Enforcement Team, and discovered 250 pounds of marijuana headed out of state. Mountain View police reported that the seizure had a street value of $500,000.
The special enforcement team draws narcotics detectives (and dogs) from agencies throughout the county.
SCCSET is comprised of narcotics detectives from law enforcement agencies throughout Santa Clara County and the task force is primarily charged with investigating narcotics related crimes.

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