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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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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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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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Gala raises $266,000 for South Asian Heart Center


Photo By: Courtesy of MP Singh Photography
Photo Courtesy Of Mp Singh Photography

Los Altos residents, from left, Priya Dharan, Ashish Mathur, Poornima Kumar and Nimish Mehta attend El Camino Hospital’s South Asian Heart Center’s “Scarlet Night” fundraiser.

El Camino Hospital’s South Asian Heart Center raised $266,000 at its sixth annual “Scarlet Night” fundraiser, held March 9 at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

The funds will support the center’s programs and services to reduce the risk of heart disease among South Asians, who are more than four times at risk of getting heart disease than the general population.

The center has screened more than 4,000 participants, case-managed 1,600 high-risk individuals for more than a year, created a Bay Area network of more than 300 referring physicians and trained 800 physicians on methods for early diagnosis, comprehensive evaluation and lifestyle changes.

“We are incredibly grateful for the overwhelming support from the community to help us raise valuable awareness and funds to support the center’s ongoing work,” said Ashish Mathur, executive director of the center. “We are here to provide education and resources to address one of the greatest health crises facing our community today, and hopefully serve as a model of comprehensive, culturally appropriate care for other communities across the country and the world.”

Personal perspectives

The gala featured master of ceremonies Raj Mathai of NBC Bay Area, a performance by the Mona Khan Dance Company and personal testimonies from those affected by heart disease.

Columbia Business School professor and keynote speaker Dr. Sheena Iyengar shared her story.

“I waited 30 years to tell this story,” Iyengar said to the standing-room-only audience at the primary fundraising event for the South Asian Heart Center.

Iyengar recalled the day her father collapsed and died after suffering three consecutive heart attacks. She was 13 – and he was just 43.

Iyengar’s emotional story included everyday details: a morning confrontation between the teenage girl and her father over her academic and after-school activities and seemingly coincidental choices that led to delays before he reached the emergency department.

She revealed additional details that led to her father’s untimely death, including an earlier mix-up with a doctor’s appointment that prevented an early diagnosis of a blood clot that led to the heart attacks. She said dozens of small choices that day and in the months and years before led to that fateful event.

“Did he die by accident?” she questioned. “Was it fate, chance or choice? Which one is more right or true? He knew from his early 30s that he had high blood pressure and cholesterol.”

Iyengar allowed that more exercise and a better diet could have changed things.

“My father made some pretty bad choices – small choices – and I wondered if he might have lived had these choices been different,” she said.

Iyengar’s story struck a chord with organizers and attendees alike.

“As a South Asian, I don’t think you could listen to that speech and not apply it to your own life and experiences,” said Nimish Mehta, co-chairman of the gala. “As South Asians, we sometimes cling to the belief that our fates are predetermined, and we personally have little control. But every day we make choices. Once we accept that, as Dr. Iyengar said, we never go back, we only go forward, and at the very least we can avoid making the same mistakes we made yesterday.”

El Camino Hospital CEO Tomi Ryba capped off the evening by challenging women in the audience to take care of themselves.

“You put the health of others first,” she said. “I challenge you to make the phone call to the South Asian Heart Center now. The leading cause of death for women is heart disease.”

Funds raised are spent on prevention (63.3 percent), outreach (11.2 percent), research (8.3 percent) and education (7.3 percent). Less than 10 percent of the center’s total revenue is spent on general, administrative and fundraising expenses.

For more information, visit www.southasianheartcenter.org.

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