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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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Festival reaps positive returns


Town Crier File Photo
According to Los Altos Village Association Executive Director Nancy Dunaway, the 2013 Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival saw a preliminary increase of 7 to 9 percent in wine, beer and glassware sales. 

The early verdict on the 2013 Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival is positive, according to the event’s organizer.

Nancy Dunaway, executive director of the Los Altos Village Association (LAVA), told the Town Crier last week that the festival – held July 13-14 in downtown Los Altos – was a success based on the 7 to 9 percent increase organizers saw in beer, wine and glassware sales. Although she cautioned that the cited sales were preliminary, ballpark figures, Dunaway noted that the festival appeared to pass the eyeball test in terms of crowd size.

“We had a great crowd,” she said of the 34th annual event. “The weather was perfect, which is always helpful.”

Several downtown merchants gave the festival good reviews.

Jim Reynolds, co-owner of Present at 162 Main St., said he took advantage of the occasion to advertise artisan food tastings and other in-store demonstrations via a small chalk billboard in front of his boutique. Reynolds noted that while sales were up throughout the weekend, the biggest boon the festival provided was exposure for visitors new to downtown Los Altos.

“It was excellent,” he said. “There were several hundred people we encountered and talked with throughout the festival.”

Steve Oberhauser, manager of the European Cobblery at 201 First St., said he used the festival weekend to clear his corner store of overstocked items by hosting a sidewalk sale.

“The Arts & Wine Festival was really good for us,” he said, noting that he too experienced an uptick in sales and exposure from the event. “Our corner location (at State and First streets) is really good, too. We had people funneling into our location all weekend.”

Some merchants said the festival seemed similar to past years. Spot Pizza manager Jeff Gilmartin told the Town Crier that his eatery “saw a lot of foot traffic, which is always nice.” But he was hard-pressed to judge whether the crowd was larger than in previous years.

“We went through a lot of slices – a lot of grab-and-go food,” he said. “All in all, it went pretty smoothly … business as usual, as far as the (festival) goes.”

Dunaway said that even if some merchants didn’t see immediate results from the festival weekend, the event should pay off for them in the long run. Festival proceeds benefit LAVA members throughout the year in the form of advertising to encourage shoppers to visit downtown during the holiday season and other LAVA-sponsored events like the Holiday Stroll.

Oberhauser agreed, noting that the festival is the city’s most prominent chance to be discovered by thousands of visitors on one weekend.

“How often do you see this many people in downtown Los Altos?” he asked with a grin. “Two days per year – with this festival.”


2013 Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Los Altos Town Crier

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