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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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Letters to the Editor

How to increase your home value

Location, location, location: My realtor asked what criteria I would use to find the best location. I ticked through a quiet street, good neighborhood, close to shopping.

No, he said, the top priority is always excellent public schools, even if you have no children of your own.

Which school district would you choose?

1. Cupertino, where enthusiastic parents managed to collect enough funds to maintain the teaching staff despite state budget cuts.

2. Palo Alto, where parents support the public schools by volunteering, paying generous taxes and donating funds to build a gymnasium and auditorium.

3. Portola Valley, where citizens just passed a bond issue to support public schools.

4. Los Altos, where parents from the local charter school sue the school district again and again.

These suits are taking money away from our children and giving it to lawyers.

We all want to protect our children. We all want generous and supportive neighbors. We all want to protect the value of our homes.

These suits have got to stop.

Linda Plutynski

Los Altos

Why no Los Altos support for Deer Hollow?

It is clear from surveys that Los Altos residents enjoy local Deer Hollow Farm in great numbers – more than 15,500 visit annually.

What’s not clear is why Los Altos won’t support this living history farm that its residents have enjoyed free of charge for decades.

Deer Hollow is a community-run teaching farm with many funding partners: Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, Santa Clara County, local donors through Friends of Deer Hollow Farm and the cities of Los Altos Hills, Mountain View and Cupertino.

The nonprofit Friends of Deer Hollow Farm has asked Los Altos to provide minimal $10,000 annual support to help operate the 160-year-old farm, which costs more than $400,000 annually to run.

The Los Altos City Council is considering our grant request in next year’s budget.

We hope that Los Altos residents who enjoy the farm ask their city leaders to join with neighboring cities and support the farm they so love.

Sue Gale

President, Board of Directors

Friends of Deer Hollow Farm

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