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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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JACQUELINE VALENTINE WISE


Jacqueline Valentine Wise passed away in Mountain View, California on July 22, 2013 at the age of 84.

Jacy was born to the late Anna and Alfred Valentine in Santa Rosa, CA on August 6, 1928 and grew up in Sebastopol. She graduated from Analy High School in 1946 and received a BA in English / History / Education from Mount Saint Mary’s College in 1950. She married William LaVay Wise III in 1949 and lived in Palo Alto, CA; Edmunds, WA; and then moved to Mountain View in 1963. She worked at the Mountain View Library for 26 years as the inter library loan officer and enjoyed helping people find information from books she secured from near and far, including China and Russia.

Jacy enjoyed gardening, working in her orchard, pottery, playing the piano, music, game shows, puzzles and lifelong learning. Jacy passed this love of learning to her children. Jacy also had a vast interest in flying and in the space program, waking all her children to watch every significant launch, landing, and scientific exploit. Her biggest joy was spending time with her family and close friends.

Jacy is survived by her former husband, William LaVay Wise III and her 5 children: her two sons, Larry Wise (Cupertino, CA) and Steve Wise (Elk Grove, CA); her three daughters, Sandy Ogden (Cassel, CA), Teri Waldman (Mountain View, CA) and Patti McLain (Carmichael, CA). Jacy is also survived by fifteen grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; her two sisters, Marlene Anderson (Menlo Park, CA) and Kathleen Beltrame (San Mateo, CA) and many nieces and nephews.

A Rosary and Vigil were held at Cusimano Colonial Mortuary, 96 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View 94040 on Thursday, July 25 at 5 pm.

The Funeral Mass was held at St. Simon Church, 1860 Grant Rd, Los Altos, CA 94024 on Friday, July 26 at 10 AM. Interment took place at Sebastopol Memorial Lawn cemetery, 7951 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol on Saturday July 27.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association

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