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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Local innovator, millennial hops aboard transcontinental trains traveling lab


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier Autumn Carter is raising money to participate in the Millennial Trains Project, an opportunity to learn more about the world from the window of a train.

 

For a generation of technology-tethered youth in Silicon Valley, fast-paced living is the norm. But for 10 days this summer, a local young woman plans to step back in time as she commutes cross-country on refurbished train cars as part of the Millennial Trains Project.

Autumn Carter, 24, executive director of the Los Altos-based California Common Sense nonprofit advocacy organization, hopes to embark on her journey in August.

Millennial Trains Project founder Patrick Dowd approached Carter last year with his idea to convene 40 entrepreneurial and forward-thinking 18- to 34-year-olds on a traveling “innovation lab.” Carter hopped onboard, creating an online project profile and raising funds. She has collected $1,200 toward her $5,000 July 1 fundraising goal – the cost to secure her seat on the train.

“The train is constantly moving forward,” said Carter of why a train – costly and slower than many other modes of transportation – is the right space for fostering the creative endeavors of the millennial generation. “It starts in one place and actually observes the world at a slower pace where you can take it in.”

Carter views the unorthodox experiential learning experience as the ideal opportunity for cultivating her aspiration to write a book on open-source data case studies. On each of the 10 stops along the Millennial Trains Project’s inaugural itinerary between San Francisco and Washington, D.C., she plans to identify examples of how young people are using data to tackle state and local initiatives in a unique way.

“Data is the most democratizing force moving forward,” Carter said. “Civic engagement is one of the most important parts of being an informed citizen … being able to ask the right questions and to get answers.”

Although Carter envisions that the train journey could build a strong foundation for a career focused on making government data more transparent and accessible to policymakers and the public, she said the relationships she forges with colleagues on the train as well as with people she meets along the way are just as important.

“Millennials believe we can change the world,” she said, “and we think more than that that it’s our responsibility to leave it better off than we found it.”

 

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