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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

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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Transactions

Los Altos

47 Alma Court, Cappelleti Trust to K. Morrow for $2,120,000

1405 Brookmill Road, Sperry Trust to M. Ayat for $1,400,000

1849 Farndon Avenue, Loretz Construction to Graves Trust for $2,500,000

1540 Gilmore Street, J. Wang to J. Gong for $1,493,000

789 Orange Avenue, K. Liang to S. Hatti for $1,600,000

420 South Springer Road, R. & P. Armada to R. Araujo for $1,815,500

727 Sunshine Drive, R. & C. Ekstrom to V. Panwar for $1,725,000

66 Yerba Buena Avenue, S & G Builders to C. Ng for $2,438,500

Los Altos Hills

3810 Page Mill Road, Kirkman Trust to T. & J. Parsey for $2,200,000

Mountain View

342 Anna Avenue, Ho Trust to R. & M. Rodgers for $1,175,000

1003 Asbury Way, A. Pachikov to N. Faure for $801,000

288 Carmelita Drive, D. & L. Kato to C. & L. Chu for $2,050,000

183 Del Medio Avenue #104, E. Murphy to K. Noorani for $515,000

50 East Middlefield Road #41, E. Pirogova to L. Maningo for $351,000

118 Granada Drive, Martinez Trust to J. Reese for $675,000

1586 Hollingsworth Drive, Mcdougle Trust to M. Shverdin for $1,325,000

3387 Lubich Drive, Pickett Trust to Parry Trust for $1,205,000

1758 Marich Way, Carter Trust to M. & M. Vora for $1,360,000

1301 San Domar Drive #B, M. Hasbrouck to Z. Wei for $650,000

104 Sondgroth Way, R. & C. Smith to M. Shieh for $1,120,000

928 Wright Avenue #103, J. Martinez to J. Ma for $646,000

Overall

Los Altos

Total sales: 8

Highest sale: $2,500,000

Lowest sale: $1,400,000

Average sale: $1,886,500

Los Altos Hills

Total sales: 1

Highest sale: $2,200,000

Lowest sale: $2,200,000

Average sale: $2,200,000

Mountain View

Total sales: 12

Highest sale: $2,050,000

Lowest sale: $351,000

Average sale: $989,417

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