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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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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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Chancellor emphasizes relevance of UC system


Photo By: Kathryn Tomaino/ Special to the Town Crier
Photo Kathryn Tomaino/ Special To The Town Crier George Blumenthal speaks to the Los Altos Morning Forum audience Jan. 8.

George Blumenthal, Ph.D., chancellor of UC Santa Cruz, assured a Morning Forum audience Jan. 8 that despite huge cuts in state contributions, the University of California system remains relevant to the state, the nation and the world.

In his presentation – “How Relevant is the University of California to the State?” – Blumenthal used three anecdotes to illustrate why the university system is so essential to the future.

The story of how Kathy Sullivan discovered her passion for science illustrates the impact of UC Santa Cruz’s teaching. Initially a linguistics major, Sullivan put off her science classes as long as possible. But when she took her first science class, she was so excited about the material that she changed her major to earth sciences. She went on to earn a doctorate in geology and was the first woman to walk in space. Sullivan now works for the Obama administration as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction.

To exemplify the importance of the research conducted by UC faculty and students, Blumenthal described UC Santa Cruz’s role in completing the Human Genome project. Research of the cancer genome hub allows physicians to offer personalized – and therefore more effective – treatment to their cancer patients.

The study of mountain lions in UC Santa Cruz’s Puma Project demonstrates how the UC system helps establish policy informed by science. Ecologist Chris Wilmers and members of his team use tracking collars to explore puma behavior and movement. Their findings explain why mountain lions are showing up in populated areas and could help minimize future conflict between humans and pumas.

In addressing the increased cost for students to attend a UC campus, Blumenthal lamented that state funding for UC students has dropped by 60 percent since 1990. Fifty years ago, UC students paid no tuition; now they pay more than $13,000 per year in tuition and fees.

The chancellor said he wishes that taxpayers and government policymakers throughout the country understood that supporting public universities is a great investment.

“Our public universities educate 70 percent of the nation’s college graduates,” he said. “Moreover, college graduates earn on average over $1 million more over a lifetime than those without college degrees.”

 

The Morning Forum of Los Altos is a members-only lecture series that meets twice monthly at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave. For more information and membership details, visit www.morningforum.com.

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