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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

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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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2013 Buick Verano offers a trip back in time


Photo By: courtesy of General Motors
Photo Courtesy Of General Motors

The 2013 Buick Verano Turbo averages 24 mpg overall.

If you’re of a certain age and remember when General Motors led the world in automobile production, then you may be wondering whether the good old days could possibly return.

Driving the luxurious new 2013 Buick Verano Turbo recently – with an optional six-speed stick shift complete with clutch, for heaven’s sake – we were almost convinced one could roll back time.

The fact that the General Motors lineup now includes only three marques – Chevrolet, Buick and Cadillac – indicates that time inevitably marches on. Nevertheless, it is nice to report that with the Verano, GM once again has a solid four-door, four-passenger sedan in the mid-range market that owners can proudly tout was built in Detroit.

And with the passage of time, the new offering from GM comes with 10 airbags, rear-vision camera, side blind-zone and rear cross-traffic alert systems, stability and braking safety systems and fuel efficiency of 20 mpg city, 31 highway and 24 overall.

The Verano boasts four available trim levels; the lower three levels are built around the underpowered base version of the 2-liter Ecotec engine.

We would definitely choose the top-of-the-line Verano Premium with turbocharged engine. At approximately $30,000, it is less expensive and offers more power than comparably equipped alternatives such as the Lexus IS250, the Acura ILX 2.4L and the Mercedes C250.

What we liked: Response of the 250-horsepower turbo engine with the superb handling of the new chassis; comfort and luxury of the attractive and well-appointed interior; and safety offered by the all-around radar sensors that not only watch parking distances front and rear, but also provide alerts when backing out of blind parking spaces.

What we would change: Manual adjustments for the seats when all comparable makes offer automatic, multidirectional adjustments; and the somewhat bulbous exterior styling, probably necessary to wrap around the large trunk and spacious interior within the compact length of this mid-sized sedan.

Bottom line: With the comfort, handling, power and quality that GM has built into the new Buick Verano Turbo, it is time to look seriously at this American manufacturer when shopping for a mid-price near-luxury car.

Buick Verano Turbo by the numbers

Vehicle type: 4-door, 4-passenger sedan

Under the hood: Ecotec 2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with front-wheel drive; 6-speed automatic transmission (6-speed manual transmission optional); 250 horsepower; 260 lb-ft torque

Get up and go: Zero to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds

Length: 184 inches

Weight: 4,371 pounds

Cargo space: 14.3 cubic feet

Fuel economy: 20 mpg city, 31 highway, 24 overall

Price: $29,105, plus dealer prep

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