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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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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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Art on the go: How SF museum closure inspired the upcoming "Project Los Altos"


Photo By: Courtesy of SFMOMA
Photo Courtesy Of Sfmoma

Artist Jeremy Blake&#8217s &#8220Century 21&#8221 is from his series &#8220Winchester, 2004.&#8221 Blake is among the artists participating in &#8220Project Los Altos SFMOMA in Silicon Valley.&#8221

When the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art closed for renovations June 2, curators launched the two-and-a-half-year expansion project with traveling “SFMOMA On the Go” displays.

One outreach exhibition, “Project Los Altos: SFMOMA in Silicon Valley,” is scheduled to open in downtown Los Altos and run from Nov. 9 through March 2.

Taylor Robinson, former co-director of Passerelle Investment Co., knew a trustee at SFMOMA with whom she discussed the company’s mission to revitalize downtown Los Altos.

“We introduced ‘Project Los Altos’ to Passerelle and they said it would be great” to see contemporary art in the city, said SFMOMA curator Janet Bishop.

Last fall, Robinson and Amanda Tevis, a former co-director of Passerelle, approached Los Altos Mayor Jarrett Fishpaw and City Manager Marcia Somers with the idea.

“I said yes immediately,” said Somers, adding that she is now focusing on what the city can do to enhance the experience for Los Altos residents.

Although the city “doesn’t have the kind of money to contribute cash,” Somers said, it plans to “contribute in-kind.”

Los Altos School District Superintendent Jeff Baier has pledged his support, and Somers foresees the Public Arts Commission developing an educational component to “Project Los Altos.”

“Public art enhances life in the community, and here we have a strong history of that,” Somers said.

Because the exhibition is scheduled around the holidays, Somers added that organizers count on new visitors to Los Altos who may have just driven by in the past.

Passerelle Director Brooke Ray Smith, who earned two degrees in urban planning, deems public art “a hot topic right now as a way to catalyze community vitality.”

Smith said she hopes “Project Los Altos” will redefine contemporary art for audiences.

“It’s not really a scary thing that has to be in whitewashed walls in echoing hallways,” she said. “It’s something that you can experience every day that you might walk by in the downtown.”

The museum chose nine artists to participate in “Project Los Altos,” two whose projects have ties to the city and seven with newly commissioned works.

The exhibition, scheduled at various venues in Los Altos, both indoors and out, will include the work of artists Jeremy Blake, Spencer Finch, Charles Garoian, Christian Jankowski, Chris Johanson, Mike Mills, Katerina Sedá, Alec Soth and Jessica Stockholder.

The works of Blake and Garoian boast Los Altos connections. The Winchester Mystery House inspired Blake’s “Winchester” animation trilogy from the SFMOMA collection. Sarah Winchester, heir to the Winchester rifle fortune and the violence on which it was built, owned the 100 acres that later became the city of Los Altos.

Garoian’s video of a performance-art project, “Drill Team: Homecoming Parade 1974,” features his Los Altos High School art students. (For more on Garoian, see the June 12 Town Crier).

For more information, visit www.sfmoma.org/about/press/press_exhibitions/releases/960.

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