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News

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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Comment

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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Trail study examines alternate connections


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

A policy group, part of the Stevens Creek Trail Feasibility Study, opted to examine additional route options beyond residential streets such as Fallen Leaf Lane.

The Stevens Creek Trail Joint Cities Feasibility Study may be expanding its efforts in more ways than one, according to one member of the Los Altos City Council.

Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins told the Town Crier that the study’s policy working group agreed May 13 to consider a wider array of trail connection alternatives between Mountain View and Cupertino. The study is an ongoing effort to determine potential trail alignment options by the cities of Los Altos, Mountain View, Cupertino and Sunnyvale.

Bruins said the policy group – which comprises one publicly elected representative from each city and one Santa Clara Valley Water District member – will look beyond potential trail alignments closest to the Stevens Creek Corridor. Bruins noted that the wider search may include re-examining Fremont Avenue and Foothill Expressway, among other possible routes through Los Altos.

She said the policy team chose to broaden its search after feedback from residents at public input meetings showed less than desirable support for a trail connection along residential streets.

“The results so far indicate that we need to open it up and go wider,” said Bruins, Los Altos’ representative on the policy group.

Bruins also noted that the group won’t consider a Class I trail option that would require Los Altos to reclaim up to 18 feet of public right-of-way that has been built up with landscaping, retaining walls and residential driveways over several decades. That scenario was a source of concern for some Los Altos residents, including members of the Fallen Leaf Lane Neighborhood Association (FLLNA).

Reached by the Town Crier, FLLNA member Ross Lappin said the group remains opposed to “any kind of trail” connection along Los Altos residential streets.

“There is no good answer for running that trail down a residential street,” he said. “It just won’t work if they want to put in a full-blown trail.”

Lappin added that the study’s expanded trail connection search was a step in the right direction, noting that FLLNA would be “tickled pink” if a trail along Fremont Avenue, Grant Road and portions of Foothill Expressway was considered. Those roads, according to Lappin, are included in a preferred route outlined in a 2008 Los Altos-commissioned feasibility study – and one favored by FLLNA.

Citizens group expands

Bruins said the policy team agreed May 13 to expand a separate citizen advisory group for the study by one resident per participating city. The citizen group – which is assisting in the development of a trail connection concept – currently comprises two residents from each city.

Part of the expansion, Bruins added, includes lifting a previous restriction prohibiting those within 500 feet of the creek from participating in the group.

“Some Sunnyvale and Los Altos residents felt that it was unfair,” she said of the 500-foot restriction, put in place by previously elected representatives of the policy group. “That rule is typically applied to elected or appointed officials only. … The current (policy) group was not comfortable with the previous body’s decision.”

Residents interested in applying for the citizen working group can find more information by visiting the city’s website at www. ci.los-altos.ca.us. The application deadline is June 7.

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