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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

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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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Sports on the Side

Swing for a cause

Los Altos residents Gunilla and Tom Follett head the committee for the inaugural Links to the Heart golf tournament, slated July 15 at the Stanford University Golf Course. Proceeds benefit Pathways Home Health and Hospice. The event is slated to begin with the putting contest at 11 a.m., followed by the shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. The tourney offers contests, prizes and a box lunch, along with a reception and dinner at which the prizes will be awarded. Proceeds help patients and families facing the end of life. Registration is $375 per player or $1,500 per foursome. To register and for more information, visit pathwayshealth.org/golf.

Swing for another cause

The El Camino Hospital Foundation has scheduled its 18th annual El Camino Heritage Golf Tournament Oct. 21 at Ruby Hill Golf Club in Pleasanton. For more information, call Kirsten Krimsley at 988-4189 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Travel team tryouts

Peninsula Baseball Club of Los Altos Hills has scheduled tryouts this month for its 2013-14 travel baseball teams. The season runs July through May. Tryouts for the 13-and-under and 14-and-under teams are slated Sunday at Purissima Little League Fields, 27500 Purissima Road, Los Altos Hills. For more information, email Melonie Quintell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Soccer sign-ups

Registration is open for AYSO Region 43’s fall soccer season. The region serves boys and girls in grades K-12 who live in northern Los Altos and Los Altos Hills. AYSO follows six philosophies: everyone plays, player development, positive coaching, good sportsmanship, balanced teams and open registration. To register and for more information, visit ayso43.org.

TC seeks summer sports leads

Summer’s here, and that means the high school and college teams the Town Crier usually covers are on a break. The Town Crier sports department doesn’t go on a break, though, and is on the lookout for summer sports stories. If you or someone you know is participating in a sport this summer, please contact Pete Borello for a possible story. Call 948-9000, ext. 315, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Mtn. View & Los Altos need coaches

Mountain View High seeks a skills-position assistant coach for frosh-soph softball and a head coach for cross-country. Send resumes to athletic director Shelley Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (408) 688-6165. Los Altos High needs a frosh-soph boys basketball coach. Email resumes to athletic director Kim Cave at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to varsity coach Bob McFarlane at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Circuit race seeks sponsors

Sponsors are sought for the third annual Foothill College Circuit Race, “The Learning Curve,” scheduled July 14 on the campus in Los Altos Hills. Foothill College and the Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club host the bicycle race, which raises funds to construct a multiuse bike and pedestrian path encircling the 122-acre campus. Organizers seek a title sponsor ($5,000), individual race sponsors ($300-$1,300) and prize sponsors (product donations). In return, sponsors will have their names/logos printed on the back of race T-shirts and on banners around the course, and receive space for a product booth. If interested, call Brenda Davis-Visas at 949-7033 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For more information, visit foothillcollegecircuitrace.com.

Tennis club welcomes members

The Los Altos Tennis Club seeks new members. The long-standing club schedules several tennis matches through the year, along with charity and social events. If interested, email membership chairwoman Sherry Barba at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Special coaches sought

The Special Olympics of Santa Clara County needs coaches for a variety of sports. No prior coaching experience is necessary. For more information and directions to the office, call (408) 392-0170 or visit www.sonc.org.

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