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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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CHARLES (CHARLEY) ELMER DUNN


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Longtime Resident of Los Altos

April 17, 1923 – May 18, 2013

Charles Elmer Dunn, 90, passed away peacefully on May 18, 2013. Commonly known as “Chuck” by friends and associates, he was “Grandpa Charley” to his family. A resident of Mountain View and Los Altos since 1946, Charley and his wife, Val, moved to California in 1943. He is survived by son Charles (Nancy) Dunn, Jr. of Los Altos and three beloved grandchildren: Jeffrey (Noelle) Dunn of Los Altos, Jennifer (Chris) Bridgman of Mountain View, and Jessica (Arnd) Geis of Santa Clara. He was the proud great-grandfather to six children, all under the age of four: Emilie, Christopher, Amelie, Tristan, Hunter and a baby boy due this fall. He is survived by a sister, Maxine Tucker of Arizona. He was predeceased by his loving wife and soul mate of 63 years, Yvonne Valerie Dunn, and his daughter, Carol Diane Dunn, who passed away in 1981 at the age of 21.

The second youngest of seven children, Charley was born on April 17, 1923 in Locust Grove, Oklahoma. His father (James Elmer Dunn; 1883-1926), passed away when Charley was just a toddler, and times were tough growing up in rural Oklahoma amidst the Great Depression. By age 13, Charley began leaving home to support himself, hitching rides on the railroad and sending money back home to his mother whenever he could. Despite having only an eighth-grade education, Charley’s work ethic, intelligence and charisma paid off. He found work as a ranch hand in Wyoming, a truck driver in Kentucky and Minnesota, and he even worked at the original McDonald’s hamburger stand in San Bernadino. Stories of his early adventures later captivated all who knew him, but his favorite story involved a chance encounter at a diner in Minnesota with the young woman who would later become his wife.

In 1943, Charley married the love of his life, Val. Their son, Charles Jr., was born while Charley was stationed on a destroyer in the Pacific during WWII. Following Charley’s discharge from the Navy, he began working in the automotive repair business, first at Tuban Ford in Sunnyvale, followed by Mancini Motors in Mountain View. In 1975, Charley opened Dunn’s Automotive in downtown Mountain View, which he continued to run well into his seventies. Charley worked hard, but he liked to play, too. In the 1980s and 1990s, his weekends were often spent with family and friends at his vacation home in Discovery Bay, where he enjoyed boating, barbecuing, fishing, playing cards, listening to country music and finding time for a good story or two. An avid golfer, Charley was a member of the Los Altos Golf & Country Club where he regularly met buddies for 18 (and sometimes 19) holes of golf.

Charley will be remembered for his kind heart and playful sense of humor. He was devoted to his family, and although he tended to spoil loved ones with gifts, it was his generosity of time that will be remembered most. “Grandpa Charley” was the ultimate grandfather. From overnight fishing trips with his grandson to playing “Beauty Parlor” with his granddaughters, he cultivated meaningful relationships with his grandchildren that continued to evolve over the course of three decades. We will miss the twinkle in his blue eyes and the soft-spoken drawl in his voice, but we take comfort in knowing he has moved on to a better place. Charley, thank you for showing us by example what it means to live a good, honest life with love in your heart. May you rest in peace.

A memorial service and celebration of Charley’s life will take place on Wednesday, May 29 at 10 am at Spangler Mortuary in Los Altos (399 S. San Antonio Rd, Los Altos). Following the burial at Alta Mesa Cemetery, a reception will be held at Charley’s home in Los Altos (address information to be provided at memorial service.)

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