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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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Rules for passing school buses differ from city buses

Q: I know I cannot pass a school bus when it is stopped to load or unload passengers. Does the same rule apply to city buses?

A: While it is true that you must stop behind school buses when they have lights flashing and children are present, this rule does not apply to city buses. According to the California Driver Handbook, when a bus stops ahead of you, you should reduce your speed to 10 mph and pass only if it appears safe to do so. If you can’t safely change lanes and pass a bus with adequate space between your vehicle and the bus, simply wait behind it until it begins moving again.

Q: I know talking or texting on my cellphone is illegal while driving. What about selecting songs on my MP3 player? Or what about browsing the Internet on my smartphone?

A: The DMV strongly discourages these types of activities, as they are distracting and extremely dangerous. However, the cellphone law applies exclusively to text or Web-based messages and phone calls. Also keep in mind that a law-enforcement officer may cite any driver who is driving unsafely. Although the law does not prohibit MP3 or Internet use, allowing yourself to become so distracted that you are driving recklessly could be grounds for a traffic citation.

For more information on the cellphone law, visit www.DMV.ca.gov/cellularphonelaws.

Q: My daughter registered my car in another state. However, I recently received a renewal notice and notice of delinquent registration. How do I notify the DMV that the vehicle is registered in another state?

A: You may return the renewal notice to the DMV with a letter stating that the vehicle is now registered in another state. Be sure to indicate when the vehicle left California and the state where the vehicle is now registered. The fees remain due if the vehicle was registered elsewhere after the registration expiration date. If the vehicle’s ownership was also changed, you may want to file a Notice of Release of Liability online at www.DMV.ca.gov to ensure that the DMV is aware of the new information. The DMV will update its records and stop further attempts to collect past-due registration.

Q: I recently paid my registration renewal fees, and then sold the vehicle. Do I qualify for a refund of my registration fees?

A: Unfortunately, you do not qualify for a refund. Vehicle registration is inherited with the sale. If you purchase a vehicle with expired registration, you are subject to the registration and late fees. If you purchase a vehicle with current registration, you are not subject to the registration fees as they have already been paid. For more information, visit www.DMV.ca.gov/online/refund/refundprograms.htm.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles provides the Ask the DMV column to the Town Crier on a monthly basis. To submit a question, email Jillianne Luong at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ,

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