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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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Nutritious snack doubles as tasty breakfast


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If you’re looking for new options for a quick and nutritious breakfast or snack, poha, or “flattened rice,” is a flavorful dish from Western India that just may fill the bill – and your stomach.

Poha almost tastes like light and fluffy scrambled eggs – and is purely vegetarian. It is typically not served in Indian restaurants, so many in the U.S. haven’t tasted it. It would be worth a trip to the Indian grocery store to gather all the ingredients and learn to make this savory comfort food.

I like to keep the spices to a minimum, but you could turn up the heat by adding a few freshly cut green or red chilies. It could also be served with coriander chutney for extra zing.

The roasted peanuts in the following recipe pack an extra crunch. Poha derives its yellow color from turmeric, which boasts natural anti-inflammatory properties. The curry leaves are “known to stimulate digestive enzymes and help break down food. The health benefits of cilantro come from beneficial phytonutrients and antioxidants, especially the flavonoid quercetin. The lemon juice offers a boost of vitamin C.

Gitika Baveja is author of “Indian Flavors to Savor: The Easy Home-Cooked Way.” For additional recipes, visit www.flavorstosavor.com.

Poha

• 2 cups dry poha (flattened rice, available at Indian grocery stores)

• 2-3 tablespoons olive or canola oil

• Pinch of asafetida (optional)

• 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds

• 1 small onion, chopped

• 1 small potato, boiled

• 2 tablespoons peanuts

• 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

• 5-6 fresh curry leaves

• Salt to taste

• Pinch of red chili powder

• 2 green chilies, slit lengthwise (optional)

• 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped (to garnish)

• Fresh juice from 1/2 lemon

 

Add dry poha to large colander or sieve and wash under running water for 2 minutes until well moistened. Drain.

Heat oil in pan. Add asafetida and mustard seeds. As soon as mustard seeds start to crackle, add peanuts and fry until brown and crisp. Add chopped onions and curry leaves. Fry until they begin to turn slightly brown.

Add boiled potato, chili powder and turmeric and stir for 1-2 minutes. Add green chilies (optional).

Drain poha completely and add to above mix. Season with salt to taste and mix well. Poha should be fluffy and moist. Cook for 2 minutes or so. Do not let it dry.

Garnish with chopped cilantro. Squeeze lemon juice over poha and serve hot.

Variation: Replace peanuts with cashews and serve with green cilantro or coconut chutney.

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