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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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Police Blotter


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First Street pizzeria robbed at gunpoint

Los Altos police are seeking a suspect for questioning in connection with the Friday armed robbery of Round Table Pizza at 399 First St.

According to police, a white male in his 20s or early 30s entered through the pizzeria’s front door armed with a black semiautomatic handgun at approximately 9:30 p.m. Friday and demanded cash from an employee at the front counter. The employee complied and handed over an undisclosed amount of cash to the suspect, who then fled the scene on foot southbound on First toward Lyell Street.

Police described the suspect as approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing an estimated 170 pounds. The suspect entered the pizzeria wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt, black pants and gloves. Police could not confirm if the suspect is connected to several other armed robberies in the downtown area this year.

Investigators encourage anyone with information regarding the incident to call the Los Altos Police Department at 947-2770.

Residential burglaries

May 17, 2:03 p.m., 1600 block of Newcastle Drive: An unknown individual forced his or her way into a residence, ransacked the master bedroom and stole jewelry.

May 18, 3:25 p.m., 1200 block of Estate Drive: An unknown suspect entered a residence through an open garage door and stole a bicycle.

Drug possession arrest

May 19, 1:19 a.m., Eastwood Place and Covington Road: Police responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle arrested a 25-year-old male motorist for drug possession. Officers at the scene made contact with the driver and discovered methamphetamine residue in the vehicle. The motorist later admitted to being in possession of ecstasy as well. The suspect was booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail.

Felony drug warrant arrest

May 17, 5:38 p.m., 100 block of Fremont Avenue: Police arrested a 20-year-old male, wanted on an outstanding felony drug warrant. The suspect was booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail.

– Diego Abeloos

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