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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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MV unleashes new ordinance requiring licensing for cats


Photo By: Courtesy of Miramonte Veterinary Hospital
Photo Courtesy Of Miramonte Veterinary Hospital

Kittens, like these from Miramonte Veterinary Hospital in Mountain View, will need licenses just like the dogs.

Licensing has been going to the dogs. But a new animal welfare and control ordinance passed by Mountain View extends to cats, too.

At the request of the city’s animal services agency, the Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority (SVACA), the Mountain View City Council June 4 approved a law that would “modernize” regulations “to include spay and neuter requirements for at-large animals, and the use of humane animal traps,” according to a city staff report.

Staff said adopting the ordinance would streamline services for Mountain View, with SVACA assuming responsibility for administrative tasks and enforcement previously provided by police officers and other city staff.

While tailored to specific Mountain View needs, such as prohibition of animals in food establishments, the law expands on requirements for appropriate food, shelter, immunizations and licensing. It requires licenses for cats and dogs four months and older. Rabies vaccinations are also mandated as part of the licensing process.

In particular, the law includes wording specific to beekeeping where none existed before. New rules allow for beekeeping as long as bees are housed at least 10 feet from a property line and 20 feet from a street.

“The setbacks are reasonable,” said Mountain View beekeeper Bruce Karney, who spoke at the council meeting.

“Up until this, bees were only allowed in (agricultural) zoning,” said Councilman Mike Kasperzak.

Some councilmembers objected to license requirements for cats.

“I don’t know what we’re trying to solve,” said Councilman Jac Siegel.

“If cats are in the system,” countered Dan Soszynski, executive director of SVACA, “there’s a chance of reuniting them with their owner.”

Kasperzak noted that licensing cats was a matter of consistency.

“If we’re going to license dogs, I don’t know why cats get a free ride,” he said.

Councilman John McAlister, however, countered that “this is not going to be an ordinance that is enforced or adhered to.”

Nonetheless, councilmembers, including McAlister, voted 6-1, to proceed with the ordinance as proposed. Mayor John Inks cast the lone dissenting vote, citingwhat he felt was unnecessary regulation.

A second reading of the law was scheduled at Tuesday’s council meeting, after the Town Crier’s press deadline.

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