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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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City and school district officials may revisit Hillview topic


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Discussions between Los Altos School District and Los Altos City Council officials may be moving past a previous stalemate regarding Hillview Community Center.

While the property was not discussed at length at a city-schools subcommittee meeting last week, Los Altos School District Board of Trustees President Doug Smith tried to revive what he called a “possible path to move forward.”

Last year at a joint meeting, parents attended en masse to share reasons for converting the city-owned Hillview property, once used as a school, into a 10th school district site.

At that time, councilmembers would not discuss Hillview as an option unless the school board trustees signed a letter revoking their right to eminent domain. Eminent domain is the right of a public entity to seize private property or, in this case, city property, for public use.

Not wanting to limit the rights of future boards, the trustees declined and the conversation hit a dead end.

Now, with three new councilmembers and a new school board member, discussions about Hillview may be renewed.

“I don’t know how we explore (the Hillview discussion) without lighting a firestorm,” Smith said. “How about some education for us? I would like to understand the full list of concerns. I don’t understand all (of Hillview’s) uses.”

Councilwoman Megan Satterlee, hesitant to discuss the issue, said the Hillview topic is difficult to broach.

“How do you discuss a topic with potential litigation?” she asked. “I still feel like I have a gun to my head. I’m not sure how to manage within that.”

Smith introduced the possibility of reaching an agreement, similar to one the school district and Bullis Charter School have met under, where both parties agree that what is said in particular meetings may not be used for litigation purposes.

“I’d be willing to explore that, if you are willing,” Satterlee told the trustees.

Smith and Trustee Tammy Logan shared a report on possible 10th-site locations with Satterlee and Mayor Jarrett Fishpaw. A school district subcommittee is examining 17 sites, most of which have not been revealed to the public.

The district subcommittee, on which Logan serves, is reviewing properties to determine their feasibility as school sites. As for Los Altos public land, Hillview Community Center and Rosita Park are both on the list.

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