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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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Those lazy, crazy thumbs of summer: Editorial

We just passed the longest day of the year (we know this because the Los Altos Community Foundation held its Summer Solstice party last week), but many long, hot, lazy summer days lie ahead. There’s also plenty to look back on. So, using our thumbs, we offer yet another review of recent local happenings.

Thumbs-up – and -down: To the city of Los Altos, for its handling of the current phase of the First Street construction project. On the one hand, we praise the city for its swift response in addressing merchants’ concerns about the lack of access caused by trenches between business frontages and the street. Following a letter of complaint from a business owner, city officials immediately directed the contractor to fill in the sidewalk and driveway access in front of the Silicon Valley Mediation Group and California Automotive. On the other hand, the lack of direction to the contractor on how to prioritize the work is what left these businesses frustrated in the first place.

Thumbs-up: To the city of Los Altos, for sponsoring its highly entertaining Summer Concert Series. Thumbs-up also to the Peninsula Symphony, whose administrative offices are in Los Altos, for its rousing June 15 concert at Hillview Soccer Field and for continuing to participate in the series each year. The city offers additional concerts free, folks, so grab a lawn chair and head out to Hillview or Grant Park Thursday evenings through early August.

Thumbs-up: To organizers of and participants in the 10th annual Relay For Life of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, held June 15-16 at Egan Junior High School. While this year’s attendance and fundraising total for the American Cancer Society topped last year’s, they were nowhere near the $600,000 raised at the event’s peak in 2007 – right before the economy tanked. We would love to see the event return to its former glory, because cancer remains a major threat.

Fond farewells: To our old Safeway supermarket on First Street – a crew demolished the structure, built circa 1967, last week to make way for a new market twice its size; to Roy Lave, who officially leaves his longtime post as executive director of the Los Altos Community Foundation July 4; and to plastic grocery bags, which are prohibited when the city’s reusable bag ordinance takes effect July 4.

Finally, a wish, to all residents of this enriched sector of Silicon Valley, for a safe summer, if traveling, and for many kick-back days on the beach, at Lake Tahoe or in your own back yard.

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