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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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LAH Council Briefs

Following are highlights from the July 15 Los Altos Hills City Council meeting.

The next meeting is slated 6 p.m. August 15 at town hall, 26375 W. Fremont Road.

Town amends sewer agreement

Although the city of Los Altos installed sewer meters after signing a 2007 sewer agreement with the town of Los Altos Hills, malfunctioning meters have brought the two cities back to the table to determine a better way to measure sewer discharge flow.

According to Richard Chiu, Los Altos Hills engineering and public works director, the town plans to meet with officials from Los Altos this month to propose an amendment to the current agreement. Chiu said Los Altos Hills officials will recommend that the city change its method of measurement to a uniform rate of 300 gallons of flow per day for each unit – a figure consistent with a previous town study and numbers used for sewer discharge in Los Altos.

Council approves sewer-tax collection

In an annual procedure required by Santa Clara County, councilmembers adopted a resolution that allows the county to collect delinquent sewer taxes and property taxes for home sewer connections.

Residents with a sewer connection will be charged a use fee for an average amount of $733 – a rate that has not changed since 2007 – on their 2013-2014 tax bill. The tax is expected to generate approximately $1.3 million for the town’s sewer fund.

Fremont Hills Country Club receives green light

Councilmembers unanimously approved site-development and conditional-use permits for an 830-square-foot fitness center addition at Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place.

The permits were granted despite objections from the town’s Planning Commission and residents, who raised concerns about potential parking overflow onto residential streets during swim meets and the impact of bright pool lighting on the neighborhood.

Upon notice of noncompliance with town code for the pool lighting, the club replaced the lights with code-conforming fixtures. Aware of the parking problem, a club representative expressed willingness to cooperate with the town to coordinate parking solutions for large events.

“These folks are good neighbors of the town,” Councilmember Rich Larsen said. “Yes, they may spill onto Viscaino Place during swim meets, but when we have baseball games and town picnics, we (overflow) into their parking lot.”

– Ellie Van Houtte

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