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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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Challenge Team honors former Los Altos Mayor Lave, LAHS student as ‘Champions’


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Members of the Challenge Team of Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills selected Roy Lave as Youth Champion of the Year and Los Altos High School student Ricky Juarez as Student Champion. The Challenge Team is scheduled to honor Lave and Juarez at its annual fundraising breakfast May 8.

The Challenge Team is a nonprofit partnership comprising students, parents, school districts, police departments, community organizations and health-care and faith-based groups that collaborate to bring positive influences into the lives of youth and guide them away from alcohol, tobacco, drugs and gang activity.

Lave, a longtime resident of Los Altos, has founded and/or fostered numerous programs for youth as the volunteer founding chairman and CEO of the Los Altos Community Foundation, including Youth Philanthropy, Family Philanthropy and MVLA Community Scholars. Past programs that operated under the umbrella of the foundation include Partners for New Generations, Los Altos Alliance for Youth and CHASE.

Lave previously served as Los Altos mayor and city councilmember. He currently sits on the board of directors of Bus Barn Stage Company and has served on the boards of the Moscow-Santa Clara County Sister County Program, Los Altos Sister Cities, the Rotary AIDS Project and the Rotary Club of Los Altos, where he also served as president.

Juarez, a sophomore at Los Altos High School, plays on the varsity soccer team. Sgt. Mike Ecdao of the Mountain View Police Department said he met Juarez through Dreams & Futures, the department’s gang prevention program for fourth- through seventh-graders.

Ecdao said he immediately recognized Juarez as a natural leader who has helped many at-risk youth in his neighborhood.

Galen Rosenberg, assistant principal at Los Altos High, said Juarez brings a positive attitude and energetic spirit to class. The teen works well with others and gives his best effort, Rosenberg added, whether engaging in a group project or sharing his ideas in a discussion.

Juarez has participated in Leaders in Training, a city of Mountain View Parks and Recreation program; serves on the city’s Youth Advisory Committee; and was a member of a subcommittee offering advice on the new teen center.

As a volunteer, Juarez has donated time to a coat drive for the homeless, Cops That Care, the Los Altos Kiwanis Club’s Christmas tree lot, the Rotary Club of Mountain View’s crab feed and Kidz ’n Cops.

The Champions for Youth breakfast is scheduled 7 a.m. May 8 at Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. Scott Tolzien, the backup quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, will serve as keynote speaker.

Tickets are $55.

For tickets and more information, visit event.pingg.com/ChallengeTeamChamp.

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