Mon10202014

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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Community Briefs

Library hosts discussion on heirloom gardens

The Los Altos Library has scheduled the program “Growing an Heirloom Garden” 7 p.m. today in the Program Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Photographer and author Rosalind Creasy will present an illustrated lecture on how to select, grow and cook with heirloom vegetables. She will also discuss how to find heirloom varieties of flowers like Love-Lies-Bleeding, Love-in-a-Puff, old roses and sweet peas. For more information, call 948-7683 or visit www.sccl.org/losaltos.

Musician shares tales of counterculture ’60s

Andrew Bernstein is scheduled to discuss “California Slim: The Music, The Magic & the Madness” 7:30 p.m. June 12 in the Program Room at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Bernstein will share his stories of life amid the 1960s counterculture in Los Altos, Palo Alto and San Francisco. His musical journey began in 1962 when he was the 14-year-old student of an unknown banjo teacher named Jerry Garcia – and ended in 1980 on a Warner Bros. backlot at the premiere party for Willie Nelson’s first movie, “Honeysuckle Rose.”

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit www.sccl.org.

Neutra House film series ends June 13

The third annual Los Altos Neutra House FILM+Conversation Series concludes with “Coast Modern: Modern Architecture from Vancouver to LA,” scheduled 7-9 p.m. June 13 at Neutra House, 181 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

The film presents homes designed by three generations of modernist architects in the context of their times.

Interviews with some of the most respected modernist designers and historians provide added insight into these masterpieces of modern living.

Admission is $20.

For more information, call 941-4164 or email King Lear at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

EV debuts Baylands exhibition

Earl Junghan’s watercolor paintings of the Baylands are scheduled for exhibition Monday through Aug. 28 at Environmental Volunteers EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.

Junghans is a Palo Alto architect who paints watercolor landscapes. He uses his architectural training in the way he portrays perspective and represents materials, textures and value. He ordinarily paints plein-air style.

A public reception for the artist is slated 1-3 p.m. June 29 at the EcoCenter. A percentage of sales will support the work of the nonprofit Environmental Volunteers in educating adults and children about the flora, fauna and value of the Baylands in the local ecosystem.

For more information, call 493-8000 or visit www.evols.org.

Westwind 4-H group seeks volunteers

Westwind 4-H seeks volunteers ages 14 and up to assist with recreational horse-riding instruction to children with physical disabilities.

Sessions are scheduled 4-5 p.m. Mondays or Thursdays each week through June 10 at the Westwind Riding Institute at Westwind Community Barn, 27210 Altamont Road, Los Altos Hills.

For more information, call 947-8680 or visit www.westwind4h.org.

‘Place to Call Home’ latest museum exhibit

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled a new exhibition, “A Place to Call Home: Two Centuries of California Living,” open through Oct. 6.

With images, text and artifacts intended to spark interest in local history as shown through the evolution of the typical single-family home in California, the exhibition includes an overview of changes in architectural styles, forms and functions, materials and use of space indoors and outdoors.

To help tell the story, the exhibition examines the technology of everyday life, from letters to rotary dial phones, tablets and smartphones. Kitchen evolution from an open fire to microwave ovens is explored through the history of a chicken dinner.

A series of supporting programs and family-friendly activities are scheduled to complement the exhibition.

For more information, visit www.losaltoshistory.org.

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