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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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Roadwork ahead near Egan, BCS

More road construction is scheduled later this month in Los Altos, only this time it’s outside the downtown triangle.

City officials announced last week that construction on five speed humps will begin toward the end of March on Pasa Robles, Del Monte and Mercedes avenues. The Los Altos City Council Feb. 12 approved a $49,000 construction contract with Pavex Construction for the 30-day project. De Anza Properties will fund the project as a condition of the 2008 approval of its Los Altos Gardens residential and retail project at 950 and 960 San Antonio Road.

City officials are finalizing plans for the commencement of construction in the neighborhood, though no specific kick-off date has been set.

Los Altos Assistant Civil Engineer Kathy Small said the project aims to address anticipated traffic concerns in the area. She noted that the presence of an additional 46 condominiums as part of De Anza Properties’ mixed-use project would eventually lead to more cars on the neighborhood’s streets.

Small added that Pasa Robles, Del Monte and Mercedes avenues have historically served as bypass routes for motorists driving students to nearby Egan Junior High and Bullis Charter schools. She said the speed humps could serve as deterrents for hasty drivers, providing an additional level of safety for students walking to school.

“The neighborhood was concerned about traffic impacts because of the new development. This is not necessarily an existing problem we’re trying to address – it’s the ones that we are anticipating,” Small said.

She pointed to a traffic analysis conducted in May 2008 that recorded excessive congestion on the targeted streets during school pickup and drop-off times. Outside of those times, the report concluded that the average daily traffic volume remained “very low” for the neighborhood – with the exception of Loucks Avenue.

Small noted that property owners on the affected streets voted in favor of the speed humps following the traffic analysis by Hexagon Transporation Consultants Inc. The affected areas will also see additional signage and new road striping as part of the project.

“These streets are used by a lot of local kids attending the schools, so obviously we wouldn’t want cars speeding through the area,” said Small, adding that the improvements will provide “better access points for kids (going to school) and make it safer.”

Small noted that construction crews will only be permitted to work on two speed humps simultaneously in an effort to minimize added traffic impacts as a result of the project. At no time, she added, will the city completely close off any of the affected roadways to traffic during construction.

“A car will always be able to drive through,” she said. “There will be proper traffic control in place.”

According to Small, city officials plan to distribute notification of the upcoming construction to neighbors and schools, and they are working to coordinate construction around peak pickup and drop-off times. Once finalized, the schedule will be posted on the city’s website, www.losaltosca.gov.

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