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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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We’re all green thumbs-up: Editorial

We’ve been griping a bit much in recent weeks. So we’re taking a thumbs-up approach this time around to salute some good things happening in our community.

Thumbs-up: To the Sit and Share program, initiated with enthusiasm by Los Altos Hills resident Robin Katsaros. She’s led an effort to place attractive and durable patio furniture at the newly expanded street corners throughout downtown. Check out the nifty round table with orange umbrella and chairs at the corner of Main and Third streets in front of Satura Cakes. Sit and Share supporters are now campaigning to purchase furniture for other locations. The furniture comes with a purpose: encouraging people to stay downtown, mingle and, yes, walk and shop at the stores. With grassroots efforts like these, the future of downtown looks bright.

Thumbs-up: To the recent arrangement with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to bring a temporary exhibition to downtown Los Altos. The city of Los Altos, Passerelle Investment Co. and the museum are collaborating on the display, set to debut in November. “Project Los Altos: SFMOMA in Silicon Valley” will include works by prominent artists at both indoor and outdoor locations while SFMOMA undergoes a two-and-a-half-year expansion. This is a really big feather in Los Altos’ cultural cap that’s sure to draw positive attention and provide an economic boost.

Thumbs-up: To the ever-increasing green reputation Los Altos is cultivating, thanks in large part to the efforts of groups like the Living Classroom Program and GreenTown Los Altos. Living Classroom educates schoolchildren on growing their own vegetable gardens and their roles as producers and consumers. GreenTown advocates for a range of environmental causes, including recycling, bike travel and electric vehicles (members helped Los Altos install new EV charging stations).

Thumbs-up: And speaking of EVs, have you noticed the recent proliferation of Teslas in Los Altos? Purchases of the popular electric car are becoming fashionable here, although most owners will tell you it’s all about the great technology. Los Altos Mayor Jarrett Fishpaw, in his “State of the Cities” address a few weeks back, noted that Los Altos has 1,900 registered electric cars. That’s enough to put it in sixth place in the country – if it were a state! Now that’s something to brag about.

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