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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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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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Teen serves up public tennis court proposal for LAH


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier Los Altos Hills resident Jehan Godrej would like to see his town build public tennis courts.

If the town could swing it, local high school student Jehan Godrej would like Los Altos Hills to build public tennis courts.

“Since LAH is such a wonderful town, we should have more public facilities,” said Godrej, a Los Altos High School sophomore who aspires to play tennis professionally. “It would be nice to have something in the Hills that’s not private or a country club.”

Godrej, who said his drive to see more local youth play tennis inspired the request, approached City Clerk Deborah Padovan and scheduled a PowerPoint presentation during the Jan. 24 Los Altos Hills City Council meeting to outline his proposal. Like any member of the community, he was allocated two minutes to address the council.

Godrej argued that an affluent town like Los Altos Hills should be able to provide lighted tennis courts as a public amenity for residents. The town’s only public tennis courts are at Foothill College, where he explained that parking fees, lack of lights and traffic on and around campus make the facility challenging to access. Residential tennis courts and country clubs meet some of the demand, he noted, but they come with steep price tags.

Godrej, whose parents cited the cost and an environmental easement on their property as reasons they couldn’t build a tennis court at their home, takes lessons at Stanford University and Fremont Hills Country Club. The latter is an invitation-only club in Los Altos Hills with 10 courts. Godrej added that many of his friends and other local youth are unable to afford to play where he does.

A community survey conducted by the town’s Parks and Recreation Committee in 2006-2007 revealed that 4 percent of respondents were interested in the construction of tennis courts. A community park, a soccer field and aquatic facilities received significantly more support.

Although he did not receive an immediate response from the council regarding his proposal, Godrej remains undeterred. He insisted that there is a demand for public tennis courts and that they could lead to a resident’s turning pro in the sport – just as former Los Altos Hills resident Nick Saviano did. Godrej cited Saviano, who ranked among the top 50 pro players worldwide for nine years, as a role model for local youth.

Godrej plans to volunteer with the Parks and Recreation Committee and hopes to encourage more people to explore the sport he loves.

“It’s a very intricate sport,” he said. “While it seems really easy when you first pick up a racket and hit the ball, it gets more intricate and complicated as you go along.”

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