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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

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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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Alternative healer calls State Street home


Photo By: Sophie Ho/Town Crier
Photo Sophie Ho/Town Crier

Homeopathic consultant Dimple Rao, a Mumbai native, opened her first U.S. practice at 317 State Street in April.

Paññã Homeopathic Healing, downtown Los Altos’ newest alternative medicine practice, is wedged in the courtyard between Fiesta Vallarta and Viewpoints Gallery, mere yards from prospective art curators and diners enjoying Mexican food.

It’s an unusual location for a medical practice, but for Sunnyvale resident Dimple Rao, 317 State St. in downtown Los Altos is home to her new business.

Rao, an accredited homeopathic consultant, opened Paññã Homeopathic Healing, her first practice in the United States, in April. She worked as a homeopathic consultant in Mumbai, India, before moving to California in 2004.

She said she is “thrilled” to be in Los Altos. The community, one “aware of its needs and wants,” according to Rao, was an enticing factor, but the multiple health shops sprinkled throughout the downtown area clinched the deal. After settling in, Rao said she believes she has much to offer to the community through her new practice.

Rao said she intends to introduce homeopathy’s unique style of treatment – centered on the physical, mental and emotional effects of chronic ailments and long-standing diseases on patients who could be healed via natural remedies.

“Homeopathy is a system of medicine that stimulates the body to heal itself,” she said. “The medicines are made from natural sources and given in very small doses that makes it safe, nontoxic and FDA approved. The prime principle of homeopathy is ‘Let like be cured by like.’”

Homeopathic remedies are developed based on the idea that any substance that produces symptoms in a healthy person can heal the same symptoms in a sick person.

Rao’s treatment process begins with an extensive case study. She asks questions ranging from the specificities of the ailment to the patient’s emotional reaction to the pain. The initial consultation costs $225 for adults, $175 for children.

The difficult part, Rao said, involves piecing together all aspects of the patient’s pain to determine a remedy.

“It’s like a portrait, or a jigsaw puzzle,” she explained. “All the pieces are on the floor, but when you put it together, a beautiful picture comes out.”

The remedy is a distillation of natural substances taken with water or sugar tablets. Rao prescribes a remedy one week after the first consultation. She has successfully treated more than 300 patients during 15 years of clinical practice using such a process.

Within the U.S., however, homeopathic treatment has received considerable criticism. While its remedies are, as Rao said, FDA regulated, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine recommends that patients not replace “proven conventional care” with homeopathic treatment. She concedes that some people remain skeptical of homeopathy.

“Right now, I’m just focusing on giving good homeopathic care to those in need. Skepticism will always be there,” Rao said. “I just want to practice good homeopathy and if they’re happy with what they receive, that gives my life satisfaction and happiness.”

Rao has scheduled an open house 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 3, at Paññã Homeopathic Healing.

For more information, call 933-5131 or visit www.pannahomeopathy.com.

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