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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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MVLA construction remains on schedule


Photo By: Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Photos By Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Construction crews are busy building new classrooms at Mountain View High School, above, and Los Altos High, right.

New classroom buildings at Los Altos and Mountain View high schools are taking shape and on schedule for completion in August – just in time for the next school year.

The classroom additions are among the projects funded by the $41.3 million Measure A bond passed in 2010. Joe White, the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District’s associate superintendent for business services, said construction of the classrooms – and renovations to some existing ones – would cost approximately $18 million to $19 million.

The two-story building under construction at Los Altos High – located behind the weight room, adjacent to the athletic fields – will house nine general-education classrooms and three art rooms.

Two single-story buildings are scheduled for Mountain View High, both at the front of the campus along Bryant Avenue. The larger building will include a wing of nine general-education classrooms; the other will comprise three science classrooms (an earth science and two physics rooms) and include prep space for those classes.

In addition to the new classrooms, White said the district is ready to solicit bids to renovate existing classrooms at both schools. Plans at Los Altos High include converting two art classrooms and a math classroom into three science rooms. The band room will be expanded as well. At Mountain View High, two physics classrooms will be converted into biology rooms.

The renovations at Mountain View High are scheduled for completion before the start of the next school year, according to White. Renovations at Los Altos High should be finished by November.

White said the district has been receiving funds for its solar canopies – also built with money from Measure A – faster than anticipated. The new classroom buildings will boast solar-energy panels on the roofs. Funds received from energy-saving programs go directly into the district’s general fund, benefiting students in the classroom, he added.

A plan to refurbish Los Altos High School’s tennis courts is also in the works, according to White, but the funds will not come from Measure A. Construction crews currently are using some of the courts to house materials.

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