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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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Tips for getting the most miles per gallon out of your vehicle

Q: What can I do to get the best possible mileage from my car? I can’t afford a new car right now, so I want to do what I can to get the most from this car for as long as possible.

A: The most important thing you can do to improve your gas mileage is make sure your vehicle is running at top performance. The following maintenance tips will make a difference.

• Make sure your tires are inflated to the correct pressure. A mile or two per gallon can be lost if tires are underinflated.

• Check for worn spark plugs. Heavy deposits and worn electrodes cause misfiring. Loss of power and reduced gas mileage are the result.

• Replace dirty engine air filters. A clogged air filter will cause the engine to use more gas and affect gas mileage by as much as 10 percent.

• Use synthetic lubricants in your engine and driveline. Not only do they help cut down on repairs, but they also can increase gas mileage by 8 percent. These superior lubricants reduce friction, resulting in less effort required for the engine to run and a longer life for the engine parts.

Your driving style also affects gas mileage. So remember the following when behind the wheel.

• Aggressive driving (driving fast and accelerating hard) can decrease mileage by as much as 30 percent.

• When approaching a stop light, if it is obvious that you will need to stop, ease off the accelerator 100 feet or so before the light. Coasting saves gas.

• Weighing your vehicle down by filling your trunk with unneeded items can impact mileage; every 100 pounds can cut gas mileage by 1-2 percent.

• Air conditioning takes extra power to run and has a negative effect on gas mileage. If it is not too hot, just use the fan setting.

• Taking several short trips from a cold start can use twice as much fuel as a longer, multipurpose trip covering the same distance.

Paying attention to your vehicle and keeping it well maintained (which should include taking it to a trusted auto repair facility when needed) – along with being aware of your driving habits – will positively impact your mileage as well as reduce your overall repair costs.

For more information, visit the Car Care Council website at www.carcare.org.

Warren McCord is an ASE Certified Master Technician and owner of Dean’s Automotive Inc., 2037 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View. For more information, call 961-0302 or email McCord at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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