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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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Mtn. View Briefs

New apartments along El Camino in pipeline

Expect more apartment units to pop up along El Camino Real in Mountain View.

Prometheus Real Estate Co. is currently in the public approval process with the city of Mountain View for its second phase of apartments on El Camino Real.

The Mountain View City Council approved the 165-unit first phase, which encompasses the former Tropicana Lodge and Western Appliance sites – approximately 2.5 acres – at 1720 and 1730 W. El Camino Real. Phase 2 includes an adjacent property, 1616 W. El Camino Real, formerly occupied by Austin’s restaurant.

A recently approved affordable housing project at 1581 W. El Camino Real, will feature 26 units for the “high-functioning, developmentally disabled,” according to city planner Randy Tsuda.

The site, approximately 300 feet southeast of Rich Avenue, is being developed in partnership with First Community Housing, a nonprofit affordable housing developer. Rental rates for the units will be affordable to “extremely low” and “very low-income” residents. The council committed $4.65 million to the project.

MV library hosts 3D printing forum

The Mountain View Public Library has scheduled a 3D Printing Open House 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 19.

Presenters Brook Drumm from Printrbot, Roy Worthington from Octave and representatives from Tech Shop San Jose will discuss 3D printing, how it is evolving and its impact on the landscape of manufacturing and society at large. After the discussion, vendors and entrepreneurs will offer demonstrations of 3D printers and 3D software.

The library is located at 585 Franklin St.

For more information, visit www.mountainview.gov/library.

KMVT elects Carpenter to board of directors

Los Altos City Councilwoman Val Carpenter is among six new members elected to serve on the Mountain View-based KMVT 15 Silicon Valley Community Media Board of Directors.

The nonprofit KMVT Community Television provides local television and Internet programming, multimedia training and professional video production services to Mountain View, Los Altos and Cupertino.

For more information, call 968-1540, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.kmvt15.org.

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