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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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LAH Council Briefs

Following is a roundup of issues discussed at the Feb. 28 Los Altos Hills City Council meeting.

The next meeting is scheduled 6 p.m. March 21 in the Los Altos Hills Town Hall Council Chambers, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

Town explores path to net-zero-energy homes

In its annual report to the council, members of the Environmental Initiatives Committee summarized recent accomplishments and their goals for 2013. Among the committee’s current initiatives are growing enrollment in the High Energy Homes Assessment program, updating the town’s greenhouse gas reduction plan, making recommendations for revisions to Fast Track Sustainability Guidelines and planning a path to net-zero-energy residences by 2020.

The 11-member committee advises the council on ways to meet strategic environmental goals and spearheads initiatives to encourage residents to become more environmentally responsible. Committee meetings, scheduled 7 p.m. the fourth Thursday of every month at the Parks and Recreation Center, are open to the public.

Emergency preparedness classes now enrolling

The Los Altos Hills County Fire District has scheduled Personal Emergency Preparedness and Community Emergency Response Team training. To register or for more information, visit lahcfd.org/calendar/categories.

Private roads study session rescheduled

Due to a scheduling conflict, the town postponed its public study session on private roads from Thursday to 3:30 p.m. March 21 at town hall.

The council organized the study session to determine the best solutions for residents struggling to find the resources and neighborhood cooperation necessary to resurface or upgrade their aging private streets.

Residents unable to attend the meeting may email comments and letters to City Clerk Deborah Padovan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Sheriff’s Office monitors motorists on Page Mill

In response to two accidents near the intersection of Page Mill and Arastradero roads, as well as a number of complaints about speeding from local residents, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office plans to watch for irresponsible drivers.

“We plan to do some focus enforcement … to remind people that they need to drive the speed limit, come to complete stops at stop signs and overall be courteous and appropriate when driving through the roads of Los Altos Hills,” said Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Capt. Ken Binder of the West Valley Division.

New sewer agreement in the works

Malfunctioning flow meters that have proven stubborn to fix since the town installed them in 2009 prompted Los Altos Hills to request that the city of Los Altos amend their sewer agreement.

Since 2007, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills have operated under an agreement that charges Los Altos Hills residents for sewage waste based on the amount of flow measured at several locations in town.

Los Altos Hills City Engineer Richard Chiu said that because the town doesn’t expect the flow meters ever to function properly, the town would like to return to its previous payment system.

If the Los Altos City Council approves an amendment to the sewer agreement, rates would be calculated at 300 gallons per day per connection – approximately the amount of flow measured currently, according to Chiu’s estimation.

In addition to pursuing the sewer agreement amendment in the next several months, Chiu said Los Altos Hills plans to initiate a sewer rate study to examine current and future costs.

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