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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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MVLA Community Scholars celebrate students


Photo By: Courtesy of MVLA Scholars
Photo Courtesy Of Mvla Scholars

MVLA Community Scholars honorees, their families and their mentors attend a reception recognizing the students’ efforts May 10.

MVLA Community Scholars recognized new scholars from Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District schools at a reception in Los Altos May 10.

MVLA Community Scholars, a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation, provides four-year renewable college scholarships and mentoring to local students with powerful life stories. The program’s mission is to help students gain the confidence and determination to succeed in college by providing scholarships, personal mentoring and community support.

This year, 22 students from Los Altos and Mountain View high schools received MVLA Community Scholars scholarships.

• Los Altos High School: Asha Bhote, Mabis Gharti Chhetry, Caitlin Hoover, Alexandra Lopez, Anthony Mata, Liliana Medina, Glenda Vargas, Adriana Velasco and Janna Wang.

• Mountain View High School: Roberto Aguilar, Kevin Alarcon, Ashley Alvarez-Lorenzo, Estefania Bautista, Diana Contreras-Chavez, Ana Gomez, Christian Hernandez, Sydney Magana, Viet Nguyen, Kristen Redaniel, Kara Rivera, Jamie Rodas and Eneyda Tobar.

“Each one of these students has fulfilled a lifelong dream of going to college,” District Superintendent Barry Groves said. “It is truly inspiring to see these dedicated and hardworking students head out into the world, eager to make their way in it. They want to contribute to society in a positive way and will have a profound effect on the future of us all. I salute them and wish them well.”

Celebrating success

The end of high school is a happy time for diligent students and their families, who have seen the fruits of their hard work pay off. But for some students, the road has not been an easy one. Without the ability to pay for college test prep classes, private tutors or summer programs to beef up high school resumes, many among this year’s graduates had to look elsewhere for help in achieving the dream of a college education. For this year’s honorees, MVLA Community Scholars provided the answer.

“When a student is selected to be an MVLA Community Scholar, the student and family become part of our family,” said Dee Gibson, chairwoman of MVLA Community Scholars. “Most of our scholars are the first in their families to attend college, so the opportunity to graduate from college is a transformative experience that impacts their entire family and community.”

Gibson cited the importance of mentoring as a cornerstone in the MVLA Community Scholars’ charter.

“These scholars become role models for their families, their peers and their community,” she said. “One of the key components of our program is the role that our mentors play in the life of the student from the moment that they are accepted as a scholar through graduation. The mentors help the students overcome roadblocks that could prevent them from graduating from college.”

Founded in 2000, MVLA Community Scholars has provided scholarships for more than 200 students from the MVLA school district and currently funds more than 60 college students. The MVLA Community Roundtable, comprising several community organizations including the Rotary and Kiwanis clubs, Quota Club and the Los Altos Community Foundation, administers the application process. Awards range from $1,000 to $6,000 per year for students attending primarily UCs, CSUs and local community colleges plus a small number of private universities.

More than 100 volunteers serve as mentors, on the scholarship selection committee and on program oversight. More than 70 donors contribute to each class of Scholars.

For more information, email Dee Gibson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Renee Hinson is an MVLA Community Scholars volunteer.

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