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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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Rise of the robots: Hospital’s automated technology featured on ’60 Minutes’


Photo By: screenshot courtesy of El Camino Hospital
Photo Screenshot Courtesy Of El Camino Hospital

A CBS production crew filmed El Camino Hospital surgeons using the da Vinci Surgical System for a 󈬬 Minutes” segment on robotics in the workplace.

El Camino Hospital was on the receiving end of some national airtime recently.

CBS’ “60 Minutes” Jan. 13 featured the Mountain View hospital’s use of robots as part of a larger report exploring the emerging use of robotic technology in the workplace and its effects on job growth.

The report – “March of the Machines” – specifically emphasized the hospital’s TUG Automated Robotic Delivery System. According to Chris Ernst, vice president of marketing and corporate communications, the hospital uses TUG robots to assist nurses in the scheduled delivery of medications and to transport linens, supplies and meals, while also removing trash and dining trays.

While the segment focused on the field of robotics’ potential impact on job creation, El Camino Hospital Chief Information Officer Greg Walton told “60 Minutes” reporter Steve Kroft that the hospital’s use of robots is meant to supplement the work of nurses and hospital staff, not replace them.

The segment also featured the hospital’s use of the VGo robot, which serves as a two-way video communication system that allows doctors and nurses to check in on patients from a remote location.

The hospital’s da Vinci Surgical System also made a cameo appearance on the nationally aired show, which came on the heels of a December announcement by the hospital that it performed its 500th robotic surgery in 2012. The surgical system, according to hospital officials, allows surgeons to perform uterine, prostate, lung and kidney procedures in a minimally invasive manner.

Ernst told the Town Crier that the “60 Minutes” crew spent an entire day in late August filming at the hospital. Since the program aired, Ernst said the hospital has received numerous inquiries about its use of various robots in services and surgical procedures.

“We’ve been getting calls from around the U.S., with people saying, ‘I can’t believe I saw you on ‘60 Minutes,’’” she said. “It’s awesome. I’m really pleased.”

To view the “60 Minutes” segment, visit www.cbsnews.com/60-minutes.

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