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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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Speaker goes behind headlines on U.S., Middle East relationships


Photo By: COURTESY Of Stanford School of Communications
Photo Courtesy Of Stanford School Of Communications


Janine Zacharia, current Carlos Kelley McClatchy Visiting Lecturer at Stanford University, shared her experiences as an international journalist in the Middle East with The Morning Forum Lecture Series audience May 21.

Jerusalem Bureau Chief for the Washington Post December 2009 through April 2011, Zacharia discussed the role of the United States in Israel, Egypt and Syria offering an enlightening, if pessimistic, outlook.

The U.S. has intervened extensively in the Middle East in the 10 years beginning with the 2003 invasion of Iraq, she said. Most European countries want the United States to continue to take the lead, but economic conditions and its diminishing resources may dampen U.S. involvement. What will be the benchmark for future U.S. intervention, she asked.

Zacharia discussed an example of the complexity of this problem by citing the uprising in Egypt in January 2011 that led to the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

According to Zacharia, the United States was caught off guard, believing its own intelligence data that President Mubarak was strong and could withstand the uprising. Israel urged the United States to call for the continuance of Mubarak’s regime. The U.S. did so, but Mubarak was out of power within a month, replaced by Mohammed Morsi, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Zacharia said Egypt’s economy is bleak in the wake of the revolution. The new leaders are not sophisticated in economics, she said.

The uprising, known as the Arab Spring, has spread to other Middle East countries, including Syria. The Syrian government has already killed 70,000 people in an attempt to put down the revolution, Zacharia noted.

The difficult decision for the U.S., she said, is whether to intervene by sending troops, humanitarian aid or arms to rebels who may be supporters of Al Qaeda? To date, the Obama administration has not taken a public position.

When asked her opinion of the appropriate role for the U.S., Zacharia said, “I would like to see a coherent plan. The U.S. has to be a leader in the Middle East.”

The Morning Forum of Los Altos is a members-only lecture series held at Los Altos Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave. For membership details and more information, visit www.morningforum.org.

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