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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

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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MV Police report spike in burglaries


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Mountain View Police arrested a suspect as he attempted to burglarize a home on the 1100 block of Mercy Street June 6.

After a witness reported seeing a Hispanic male carrying a crowbar and peering into a residence on the street, police confronted suspect Raymundo Ayala Miranda, 33, as he was getting into his pickup truck. Miranda, a Mountain View resident, was charged with residential burglary and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail without incident.

“This arrest illustrates how a watchful community member assisted the Mountain View Police Department by reporting a suspicious individual who was ultimately arrested on a burglary charge,” said police spokesman Sean Thompson. “We continue to urge the Mountain View community, neighbor watch groups and local organizations to report any suspicious individuals and/or activity.”

Police have noted a marked increase in residential robberies over the past year. Approximately 50 residential robberies were reported in Mountain View between January and April this year, compared with 31 recorded in the same four-month period last year. Detectives have yet to pinpoint similar trends among the rash of robberies.

Officers are still on the lookout for the male suspect who burglarized a home on the 1000 block of Bryant Avenue at approximately 6:45 p.m. March 30.

A police spokesman said a resident was napping inside his home near Mountain View High School when his doorbell rang. After the resident ignored the bell and went back to sleep, he awakened to find the suspect in his bedroom. Believing the residence empty, the suspect allegedly entered through a side garage door. When he saw the resident in bed, the suspect fled the scene with the resident’s wallet and cellphone.

Police described the suspect as a 15- to 25-year-old African-American between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall, with short hair and a lean build. At the time of the robbery, the suspect wore a dark-brown sweater and blue jeans.

Police encourage residents to be diligent, keeping all doors and windows locked and secured, including those near the garage. They also recommend keeping the garage closed as well as maintaining the appearance that someone is home by installing timer lights and leaving the radio on. Other ways to protect against residential robberies include investing in deadbolts and securing all door frames.

To report suspicious activity, call 911 or the Mountain View Police Department at 903-6395.

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