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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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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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National Night Out slated Tuesday


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Los Altos Police Officer Julie Ognoskie and K-9 Lord participate in last year’s National Night Out.

Numerous Los Altos residents will take to the streets Tuesday to fight crime – by throwing neighborhood block parties.

According to Josh Cottrell, Los Altos Police Department community services officer, at least 15 registered events are scheduled to mark the city’s 30th annual National Night Out. The national anticrime program aims to spread awareness, build community and strengthen relationships between residents and law enforcement. More than 1 million people in 9,700 communities in all 50 states participated last year.

“This is a great event for community building,” said Cottrell, who noted that this year’s tally of Los Altos neighborhood events is up slightly from last year’s, when residents collectively hosted 12 neighborhood parties. “In many cases, people meet with the police on some of the worst days of their lives. In this case, however, it’s a collaboration to fight crime.”

Los Altos Police Chief Tuck Younis noted that National Night Out enables residents to become more familiar with individual officers and learn how to establish neighborhood watch networks. The most common neighborhood events include potlucks, ice cream socials, barbecues and swim parties.

“The community is more likely to engage us if they know us on a more personal level,” Younis said. “National Night Out is the pinnacle of what we want to achieve as a community policing program.”

The chief explained that the department’s 30-plus sworn officers, dispatchers and administrative personnel will visit the various neighborhood events, introducing themselves to residents and addressing any questions to establish rapport. The goal, he said, is to build a community that serves as a willing partner in reporting crimes.

“We’re fortunate that we have a strong relationship with the public,” Younis said. “They’re the first ones to call when they see something suspicious, which is why we’re such a safe community. (National Night Out) just emphasizes those relationships.”

Younis added that the event also offers children an opportunity to meet and learn more about their local police department.

“(Children) need to know that officers are there to assist and protect them,” he said. “When we’re out of our patrol cars and we’re having some ice cream (at National Night Out) with them, they start to look at us in a completely different light.”

Younis said the city has eliminated its block-party permit fee, typically waived for the event, in an effort to encourage more residents to host events that build community and to participate in events such as National Night Out. Despite the fee waiver, residents are still required to file a permit application with the police department.

The registration deadline to host a National Night Out event has been extended to Monday for those interested in organizing a neighborhood event.

For information on hosting a National Night Out event, email Cottrell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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