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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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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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Los Altos Rotary, Kiwanis clubs name 2013 scholarship winners


Photo By: Left Photo by Traci Newell/Town Crier Right Photo by Jerry Tomanek
Photo Left Photo By Traci Newell/Town Crier Right Photo By Jerry Tomanek

Students, left, receiving Kiwanis Club of Los Altos scholarships include, from left, Matthew Marent, Hanlei Liang, Erika Lama, Jose Lopez and Joshua Tree Poblete.

The Rotary and Kiwanis clubs of Los Altos recently awarded 2013 scholarships to students attending local middle and high schools.

The Los Altos Rotary Academic Scholarships presented to graduating high school students included a certificate and financial assistance ranging from $800 to $2,500 based on need.

Rotary scholarship recipients are: Mike Aguilar, Marissa Mason and Jasmine Sanchez, Alta Vista High School; Dan Meidinger, Mountain View Academy; and Sydney Magana, Timothy Young, Viet Nguyen and Kristen Redaniel, Mountain View High School.

Kimberly Kaiser of St. Francis High School received the first Billy Russell Scholarship, named in honor of the former president of the Rotary Club of Los Altos who died in 2008. Sung-Yee Guo of Los Altos High School received the Charles Cowan Scholarship for Science and Technology.

Outstanding students in the Los Altos School District intermediate schools received a certificate of accomplishment and $50. The Rotary Club recognized Katia Gibson and Zack Kaplan from Egan Junior High School and Douglas Curtis and Julie Daseking from Blach Intermediate School.

Rotary scholars must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade-point average and demonstrate a financial need.

The Kiwanis Club of Los Altos awarded $3,100 scholarships to five local high school students. The club annually recognizes students who overcome obstacles to succeed in high school and often are the first in their families to attend college. The scholarships are for seniors who plan to attend Foothill or De Anza college.

Kiwanis scholarship recipients from the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District are: Matthew Marent, Alta Vista High School; Joshua Tree Poblete and Jose Lopez, Los Altos High School; Erika Lama, Mountain View High School; and Hanlei Liang (Adult Education program).

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