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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 resident arrested for robbery spree


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Los Altos Police apprehended the man believed to be responsible for a string of armed robberies in Los Altos.

According to Los Altos Police Capt. Andy Galea, 26-year-old Los Altos resident Thomas Andrew Cronin was arrested May 29, approximately 20 minutes after he allegedly robbed U.S. Bank at 1001 Fremont Ave.

A male Caucasian entered the bank at approximately 10:18 a.m. and demanded cash from a teller before fleeing with an undisclosed amount. Contrary to previous media reports, the suspect was armed at the time of the incident, Galea said.

He noted that a witness observed Cronin leaving the scene and provided police with a description of the vehicle including a partial license plate number. Officers intercepted the vehicle near the intersection of Rosita Avenue and Anderson Court, executed a stop and arrested Cronin.

“Based on the information provided, officers were able to link him to the (U.S. Bank) robbery at the scene of the stop,” said Galea, who added that Cronin was taken to the Los Altos Police Station before being booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on one count of armed robbery.

Since the arrest, investigators have linked Cronin to several additional armed robberies that occurred in Los Altos since February, according to Galea. The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office filed seven additional robbery counts against Cronin Friday.

He is charged with robbing Comerica Bank in downtown Los Altos twice – in March and April – and Bank of the West at 176 Main St. Feb. 11.

In addition, the 26-year-old suspect is charged with two armed robberies of Standard Liquor at 303 First St. in February and March and single counts for the mid-May robberies of the Shell gas station at 929 Fremont Ave. and Round Table Pizza at 399 First St.

Galea said the Los Altos Police Department dedicated numerous hours to investigating the robberies and tracking down the suspect.

“In all honesty, there hasn’t been a day that’s gone by where we haven’t talked about this. … We have put a tremendous amount of work into following up any lead possible,” Galea said. “To have this amount of robberies in any city is unusual, but to have one individual stay (and commit robberies) in one small geographical area like Los Altos is very unusual.”

Galea credited the FBI as well as neighboring police agencies in Mountain View and Palo Alto for assisting the Los Altos Police department.

“They were a big part of this investigation,” said Galea, noting that all three agencies arrived at the scene of last week’s arrest to aid Los Altos police.

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