Mon10202014

News

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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Letters to the Editor

Kudos to project manager for rapid response

I would like to commend and thank Los Altos Transportation Project Manager Cedric Novenario. In response to my email regarding the need for crossing lights on Berry Avenue at Loyola School, he took the time to come out and observe for most of an hour the dangerous situation for children at that location.

He explained the process to get these lights or, at the very least, a crossing guard. He followed up with an email on how to proceed, then a phone call the following week checking on progress.

While it is too late for this school year, my hope is that next year it will be addressed by the people who can make this happen.

Kudos to you, Mr. Novenario.

Marty Loughran

Los Altos

Flood-retention plan deserves better research

There is a battle going on over the Permanente Creek project, which includes McKelvey Field and Rancho San Antonio County Park.

At the May 14 Mountain View City Council meeting, councilmembers cast their votes in favor of the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s moving forward on the flood-retention basin project at McKelvey and Rancho San Antonio parks, even though the final design has not yet been drawn up. The dollar amount needed for this project has changed like the wind.

The other two sites (Blach Intermediate School and Cuesta Annex) considered, which the water district initially said were crucial to the entire project, have been dropped due to residents’ outrage.

Most importantly, the data being used to support this unnecessary project are based on Saratoga Creek, in addition to technically incorrect information.

At the May 14 meeting, three councilmembers stated pertinent information on why the project should not move forward, but then all but one voted for it to move forward! Even when an amendment regarding the final design approval (a reasonable compromise) was discussed, the water district back-stepped and stated that the project would not move forward if the city council included such an amendment.

Why are the water district and the Mountain View City Council pushing so hard for this project without proper and adequate data/research or with the availability of final (not conceptual) designs? What sound business agrees and commits to plans it has not seen? Do successful, trustworthy businesses ignore ever-changing dollar amounts for their projects with no accountability? Why are they ignoring the real facts about the water overflow statistics of Rancho San Antonio and Permanente Creek? And, why are they basing their decisions on stats from another creek altogether?

Denise Pinto

Mountain View

Put roundabout idea into ‘lunatic basket’

My wife and I recently spent two weeks conducting an estate sale at a home we have in Brighton, Colo.

I had an opportunity to ask lots of folks what they thought about their single roundabout in that small town.

Not one person liked it – not one! They have had it for approximately 10 years, yet people have problems figuring out who has the right-of-way, etc. Large trucks pulling trailers have a real problem getting through the intersection.

I went through the roundabout and ended up going in the wrong direction (trying to head for Denver).

I put the Los Altos idea to install a roundabout at Edith Avenue and San Antonio Road into the same lunatic basket as the recent proposal to create a bus-only lane on El Camino Real through Los Altos, Mountain View and Sunnyvale.

Our poor little town needs a rest from the developers and the city councilmembers who are ruining our village.

Bob Jones

Los Altos

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