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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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Silicon Valley Beer Week is on tap


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Over the past few years, San Francisco’s February Beer Week events have spread beyond the city into a number of venues on the Peninsula and in the South Bay.

Chris Esparza, co-owner of San Jose’s Naglee Park Garage and founder of the community development firm Giant Creative, recognized that Silicon Valley had developed enough of a craft beer culture to support its own event, and Silicon Valley Beer Week was born.

“With the emerging and vibrant beer ecosystem in the South Bay, many people approached us with ideas about things not happening in other Beer Week celebrations, things that would be unique to Silicon Valley,” Esparza said.

The inaugural Silicon Valley Beer Week – scheduled July 28 through Aug. 3 – will feature craft beer tastings and tap takeovers, food and beer pairing events with local chefs and brewers, seminars, demonstrations about beer and brewing, and more.

The week will launch July 28 with a kick-off party at Gordon Biersch in downtown San Jose to “showcase innovative food and craft beer pairings by hand-picked Silicon Valley restaurateurs, brewers and culinary entrepreneurs,” according to the SV Beer Week website (www.svbeerweek.com).

The final event of the week will be the Summer KraftBrew Fest Aug. 3, also in downtown San Jose, which will include hard-to-find beer tastings, live music, presentations on beer and brewing topics and homebrewing demonstrations (including one by the Silicon Valley Sudzers Homebrew Club, of which I am a member).

SV Beer Week will offer multiple events each evening during the week. There are currently more than 80 events scheduled, with more added each day.

Esparza said SV Beer Week events are “not just for people who love drinking beer, but people who thirst for knowledge and understanding.” He added that Beer Week “appeals to folks who are passionate about beer, and involves a lot about learning and having fun simultaneously.”

Silicon Valley Beer Week is a great opportunity to explore all the beers and breweries the region has to offer, and to appreciate the fact that the South Bay is no longer the “beer desert” lamented by the late, great Bay Area beer writer Bill Brand.

Derek Wolfgram is chief communications officer for the Silicon Valley Sudzers Homebrew Club, which meets the first Friday of each month at a home in Los Altos Hills and welcomes both new and experienced brewers and beer enthusiasts. For more information, visit www.sudzers.org.

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