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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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She is: The Rockey Road

I love the colors of her hair and the softness when it’s freshly washed. She doesn’t mind if it’s brushed or not, but she insists that it’s caressed by everyone she meets.

Gazing into her eyes, I feel as though I can read her mind without a single utterance. Sometimes it’s as if she is trying to will me to do something with just a stare from those beautiful brown eyes. But with the slightest gesture, she understands exactly what I’m about to say or do, and, with or without her approval, we proceed with my plan for the day.

While she mostly enjoys lounging around, she is always up for keeping me company on errands; she stays in the car mostly. She likes to sit in the back on the right side and becomes agitated if anyone takes her seat. She enjoys knowing who has been around town but is particular when it comes to socializing.

She is on the large side and can be quite intimidating. Understanding the fear others may have of her muscular and broad physique, she is always sure to appear gentle in her ways. When faced with rude or aggressive behavior, she remains calm and does her best to circumvent the situation with grace and dignity.

The simplicity and predictability of her routine makes her life seem carefree. She has virtually no responsibility – other than not missing her nightcap, which consists of a small piece of frozen waffle for a snack just before bedtime. I often wonder if it’s her life I get a taste of when I’m in my deepest state of meditation. And then I cringe at the thought of living in that state forever.

Her soul is one of the kindest I have ever known, and sometimes it’s easy for me to take advantage of her unspoken acceptance of disappointment when my needs come before hers. While flying through my day, I know she’s patiently waiting for me to turn my focus to her, but oftentimes I’ll say, “Tomorrow, tomorrow, I promise.”

The tomorrows are coming fast and furious. I know her days are numbered and she will be with me for only a few more years; I hope for at least that much time. I wonder how she will leave. Will it be painful or peaceful for her? Will it be quick or drawn out? I know I will long for our morning walks together. I’ll yearn for the way she seems to say, “Where have you been? I’ve missed you!” when I’ve been away. And I’ll long for her unconditional love that seems incapable of knowing my faults. I can imagine the loneliness I will feel without her in my life, but I can’t imagine what will happen to her beautiful spirit. Something so pure and sweet must live on somehow.

I think I will spend these next few years learning to understand the components of her good nature. I would like to extract some of her qualities and weave them into my being, and maybe that is one way I can pay tribute to her life.

But for now, she is here. She is sleeping next to me as I type, breathing on my bare foot, and I can feel her sweet heart beating. She is alive and strong and happy as a clam. She is my sweet and beautiful dog, Isabella.

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