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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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New MVHS principal comes with high praise


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The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District is scheduled to vote on the appointment of Dave Grissom as the new principal of Mountain View High School at Tuesday’s board of trustees meeting.

Keith Moody, the school’s current principal, transitions to the position of director of Adult Education at the end of the school year after serving 10 years as a site administrator.

A reception for staff and parents to welcome Grissom to the community is scheduled 3-4 p.m. Thursday in the Mountain View High Library.

Grissom has been an educator for 19 years, with the majority of his career spent in the Santa Clara Unified School District. Most recently, he served as principal of the more than 1,800-student Santa Clara High School, included on this year’s U.S. News & World Report ranking of the top U.S. high schools. He was appointed principal at Santa Clara High in 2007, following five years as assistant principal.

A 17-member committee comprising district administrators, teachers, classified staff, parents and students selected Grissom from a pool of 51 applicants from throughout the state.

“Dave Grissom exudes commitment, character and has the big-picture sense required to be successful in running a large, comprehensive high school,” said Brad Syth, assistant superintendent of Santa Clara Unified. “Dave brings a wealth of administrative experience and knowledge in secondary education, from athletics to discipline, curriculum and instruction. He is recognized by his peers for his expertise in all these areas.”

Santa Clara Unified Superintendent Bobbie Plough added her support.

“Dave brings a breadth and depth of knowledge and experience that is hard to find among secondary educators,” she said. “First and foremost, he has a sound pedagogical background. Specifically, I offer the example that within a core subject area he has taught courses designed for English Learners as well as Advanced Placement students. In short, he has a thorough understanding of what it takes to build a strong academic program in a comprehensive high school. In summary, Mr. Grissom is simply one of the best.”

Grissom and his wife, Christine, have been married 19 years and have two children, Ryan, 14, and Connor, 10.

“I cannot adequately express how thrilled I am to be joining the Mountain View High School community,” Grissom said. “I have always been extremely impressed with the students and staff that I have come into contact with from Mountain View, and to now be a member of that community is an absolute dream come true. I am truly honored with being named principal at Mountain View. I look forward to working with the staff and parents to ensure the best education possible for our students.”

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