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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Transactions

Los Altos

496 Valley View Drive, J. & C. Debretteville to V. Durai for $1,950,000

11674 Winding Way, Crowley-Amezcua Trust to L. & H. Burgess for $1,400,000

Los Altos Hills

27299 Byrne Park Lane, Halstrom Trust to S. & S. Mathur for $1,640,000

26650 Snell Court, Hui-Lam Trust to Pettit Trust for $2,750,000

Mountain View

1110 Blue Lake Square, Detig Trust to Corbett-Detig Trust for $962,000

1304 Bonita Avenue, Wall Trust to A. Venkataraman for $1,125,000

953 California Street, A. Ha to H. Sherwood for $879,000

2719 Eden Lane, Summerhill Grant Road to M. Leong for $2,194,000

1717 Fordham Way, McCarthy Trust to Y. Zhang for $1,370,000

177 Sherland Avenue, Mittal Trust to V. Lazarev for $790,000

210 View Street, M. & E. Thickpenny to Aigen Trust for $960,000

188 Wiley Terrace, J. Mooney to K. Mandal for $808,000

1610 Yale Drive, R. Mitchell to A. & A. Brizgys for $900,000

Cupertino

20705 Acadia Court, H. & J. Chen to E. Chi for $1,500,000

10105 Carol Lee Drive, C. Hsiao to E. & S. Hsiao for $1,200,000

21890 Hermosa Avenue, Proni Trust to C. Jung for $1,450,000

7515 Kirwin Lane, Slodki Trust to F. Ruan for $1,220,000

22344 McClellan Road, C. & F. Lama-Solet to M. Janousek for $1,500,000

18761 Pendergast Avenue, M. & J. Troflanin to X. Zhai for $980,000

10546 Red Fir Court, Lin Trust to M. Lin for $680,000

10130 Santa Clara Avenue, Y. Shao to Fan Trust for $1,445,000

19999 Stevens Creek Boulevard #302, C. Ra to W. Moser for $620,000

Overall

Los Altos

Total sales: 2

Highest sale: $1,950,000

Lowest sale: $1,400,000

Average sale: $1,675,000

Los Altos Hills

Total sales: 2

Highest sale: $2,750,000

Lowest sale: $1,640,000

Average sale: $2,195,000

Mountain View

Total sales: 9

Highest sale: $2,194,000

Lowest sale: $790,000

Average sale: $1,109,778

Cupertino

Total sales: 9

Highest sale: $1,500,000

Lowest sale: $620,000

Average sale: $1,177,222

Due to an error by the title company, a house on Woburn Court in Mountain View was incorrectly reported as selling for $7 million in the Transactions listings in the Jan. 30 Town Crier. The actual purchase price was $1.25 million.

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