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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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LASD welcomes new administrators

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees is scheduled to approve the appointments of two new principals, an assistant superintendent for curriculum and another district office position Tuesday.

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Alyssa Gallagher will transition into a new district position that focuses on strategic innovation projects and community partnerships. A private donation to the district will fund the part-time post.

Almond School Principal Nancy Davis will replace Gallagher as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. After returning from a leave of absence, Davis served as principal at Almond for two years. Previously, she was principal at Covington School for three years.

Erika Benadom will succeed Davis as principal at Almond next year. Benadom is currently principal at Paradise Valley Elementary School in the Morgan Hill Unified School District. Prior to her stint as principal, Benadom served as a vice principal at School City, a student performance database company, and as director of technology for the Lennox School District.

“(Benadom) is a dynamic presence,” said Superintendent Jeff Baier. “She has solid experience in leading a very involved community. She is fluent in Spanish, which will serve her well at Almond School.”

Baier added that Benadom said she is very excited to come to Los Altos.

“We are thrilled to have her as part of our team,” he said. “She will add great value at Almond and will bring leadership to the district administrative team as well.”

The Gardner Bullis School community experienced its share of leadership changes this year.

After Principal Erica Gilbert departed at the beginning of the school year, the district hired Courtney Cadwell to take the helm. Mid-year, Cadwell took a leave of absence and retired former district Principal Linda Eckhols stepped in, serving through the end of April. Gardner Bullis kindergarten teacher Kate Goines is currently serving as interim principal through the end of the school year.

In the fall, Katie Kinnaman is slated to take over as principal of Gardner Bullis. Formerly a math and science lead teacher in the Palo Alto Unified School District, Kinnaman’s career in education began in 2005 and includes positions such as summer school administrator, second-grade teacher and math and science teacher at the junior-high level.

“(Kinnaman) has been watching the innovative education we have been delivering in the district and was excited to join the team,” Baier said. “She has a strong background in math and science, which will be great for our community. She has a fantastic knowledge of effective instruction and will be very valuable to the Gardner Bullis community.”

The principal-selection process included input at each school from panels of parents, teachers and administrators who interviewed the candidates.

The incoming principals are scheduled to meet with their new school communities before the end of the school year. Kinnaman is slated to visit Gardner Bullis May 31 and Benadom will visit Almond June 7.

“These are two terrific women who I think will thrive in the environment we have here,” Baier said. “During the interview process, they both spoke passionately about students and learning – which is what we are all about.”

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