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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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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

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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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Father’s Day fun: Run a race, drink a beer, stay a night

If dad likes to exercise, drive to Carmel this weekend for Father’s Day and sign him up for the Run in the Name of Love 5K coastal run or 2K walk.

The annual race honors the late Brian James Love, a Carmel native and captain of the University of Virginia snowboarding team, who died three months shy of graduation during team practice in 2005 when his snowboard hit a tree. The race began as a tribute to the 22-year-old, who was practicing in secret to run a marathon to surprise his mother, Susan, a runner.

Those who participate in Run in the Name of Love can honor their loved ones by including a tribute in an online book. A 150-character message costs $3 and a photo $5. Runners can order tribute bibs before the race.

The 5K run begins 8:30 a.m. Sunday at Sunset Center Plaza, San Carlos Street and Ninth Avenue, 8:40 a.m. for the 2K walk, which is open to dogs on leashes. Participating dogs will receive free bandanas and biscuits. The finish line is located on Scenic Road at Eighth Avenue.

An awards ceremony and raffle are scheduled 9:45 a.m. in the Del Mar parking lot at the base of Ocean Avenue. The entry fee includes a raffle ticket, but participants can purchase more at three for $10. The event ends at 11 a.m.

To register online – $35 for the 5K, $25 for the 2K – visit www.run4love.org through noon Friday. Space permitting, in-person registration, $40/$30, is open noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Sunset Cultural Center and 6:30-8:30 a.m. Sunday at Sunset Center Plaza.

Proceeds benefit the Big Sur International Marathon’s nonprofit youth fitness program, Just Run. Sponsors of the race include Carmel-by-the-Sea, Carmel Boutique Inns, Doctors on Duty, Hot Diggity Dog, Carmel Bakery and the Carmel Art and Film Festival.

For more information, visit run4love.org.

• The 2013 Monterey Beer Festival is on tap 12:30-5 p.m. Saturday (11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a VIP ticket), at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road.

The annual event features beers from 80 breweries, including Grand Teton Brewing, Sierra Nevada and Speakeasy Ales & Lager.

Main Stage entertainment includes tribute rock bands Wild Turkeys, Powerage and Joel the Band. The VIP Stage hosts Chicano All-Stars and Jake Nielsen’s Triple Threat.

General admission tickets are $45 in advance, $50 at the door. VIP tickets are $65/$75. Parking is $10-$20. Other packages, such as a party pass and a Friday night Cannery Row beer and food pairing event, are available for purchase.

For tickets and more information, visit www.montereybeerfestival.com or call (831) 372-5863.

• Those attending the Monterey Beer Festival might consider staying at the Portola Hotel & Spa, 2 Portola Plaza, on Fisherman’s Wharf.

The hotel invites guests to “pick a perk” through July 14. Guests can choose from a free breakfast for two, self-parking, a bottle of house wine or Wi-Fi.

The hotel boasts two restaurants – Jacks Restaurant & Lounge, a full-service eatery with private dining room, and Peter B’s Brewpub, a craft brewery. A nearby full-service spa appeals to both leisure and business crowds.

Like many hotels on the Monterey Peninsula, the Portola welcomes pets, offering treats, pet sitting and walks, as well as doggy daycare in the neighborhood. A $50 pet fee covers the entire visit.

Amenities include 42-inch flat-screen TVs, Keurig coffeemakers, organic bath products and free on-demand movies.

Rates start at $199 per night.

For more information, visit www.portolahotel.com.

Contributing editor Eren Göknar is a journalist and lifelong traveler. Email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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