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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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News Briefs

Petition calls for end to facilities litigation

The Huttlinger Alliance for Education, a nonprofit group concerned with local public education, began to distribute an online petition last week that calls for the end of litigation between the Los Altos School District and Bullis Charter School over facilities.

The school district and charter school, amid five active cases of litigation, have been at odds for years over whether Bullis has received the sufficient facilities from the district.

“Ten years of facilities litigation has clearly been a waste of time and money without producing a satisfactory solution,” states the Alliance’s letter introducing the petition. “It is time for other community members to step in and actively help to solve this deepening crisis by creatively working together to find a suitable solution for Bullis Charter School without losing a neighborhood school. We encourage all citizens to ask both their civic and school leaders to work together to stop litigation and put our tax dollars back to work educating all of our children.”

The petition asks for a full name – whether the signee lives inside or outside Los Altos School District boundaries – and whether they are a neutral voice, district supporter or charter school supporter.

As of the Town Crier’s Monday press deadline, the petition had garnered 550 signatures.

To view the petition, visit http://huttlingeralliance.wufoo.com/forms/regarding-bcs-vs-lasd-litigation-i-believe/.

– Traci Newell

Police seek donations for Special Olympics

Several members of the Los Altos Police Department are strapping on their running shoes once again to run through town carrying the Special Olympics torch this year.

The department is scheduled to participate in the annual Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run through Santa Clara County June 20 and seeks donations on its team site to help the cause. The regional law enforcement run is the largest fundraising event benefiting the Special Olympics and its athletes.

According to police, this year’s run will begin in the South Bay and reach Los Altos in the afternoon, where police department members will take the torch handoff and head toward the city’s shared border with Palo Alto.

To donate and for more information, email Los Altos Police dispatcher Tracie DeLira at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

– Diego Abeloos

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