Mon10202014

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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Transactions

Los Altos

10536 Ainsworth Drive, Continental Estates to P. & E. Pitts for $765,000

1655 Candace Way, Atlatl Trust to W. & J. Nicholson for $1,600,000

939 Clinton Road, Harmin Investments to Poonen Trust for $1,900,000

932 Covington Court, Lin Trust to M. & R. Lowell for $1,875,000

11330 Entrada Place, K. Koster to N. & A. Vase for $1,700,000

134 Jardin Drive, Yaukey-Simmons Trust to W. & E. Schlough for $1,931,000

710 Morningside Circle, Ammann Trust to Voll Trust for $2,300,000

1650 Morton Avenue, E. & L. Fletcher to Ferris Trust for $1,705,000

776 Parma Way, Lorenz Trust to Z. Sun for $2,750,000

2090 Robinhood Lane, Voll Trust to Gaywala Trust for $1,859,000

404 San Luis Avenue, Wray Trust to J. Yong for $2,135,000

1620 Wakefield Terrace, Gosland Trust to C. Nath for $1,680,000

1104 West Rose Circle, Bauer Trust to L. & A. Kristovich for $1,787,000

Los Altos Hills

23480 Ravensbury Avenue, Kahn Trust to Southerland Trust for $2,550,000

Mountain View

1721 California Street #8, J. Giddings to T. Tang for $253,000

1031 Crestview Drive #104, C. & R. MacK to Q. Zhou for $500,000

75 Devonshire Avenue #8, Frazier Trust to A. Potchapornkul for $670,000

352 Flower Lane, J. & R. Cho to Y. Wang for $900,000

2211 Latham Street #110, C. Yung to Y. Su for $560,000

1902 Limetree Lane, McKinney Trust to W. Korver for $2,105,000

936 Madison Drive, Fong Trust to C. & K. Donhowe for $1,903,000

1835 Montecito Avenue, Danner Trust to Y. Chen for $770,000

264 North Whisman Road #13, Canham Trust to S. Huang for $440,000

471 Parvin Drive, C. Chen to C. Kawasaki for $850,000

1983 San Luis Avenue #30, K. Weatherly to K. Oh for $710,000

2335 Thompson Court, B. & M. Campbell to P. & M. Taylor for $1,225,000

532 Tyrella Avenue #1, E. & J. Set to D. Nojiri for $561,000

266 Walker Drive, R. Smith to J. Xie for $1,010,000

500 West Middlefield Road #115, D. & S. Christine to H. Huo for $455,000

500 West Middlefield Road #150, R. Schwartz to M. Sorillo for $410,000

2521 Westford Way, Graalfs Trust to Z. Nafar for $1,450,000

192 Wiley Terrace, E. Douglas to I. Lobacheva for $840,000

Cupertino

19750 Auburn Drive, T. Krishnaswamy to S. Kanduri for $1,595,000

20624 Cleo Avenue, Habitat For Humanity to T. Negussie for $231,000

20626 Cleo Avenue, Habitat For Humanity to A. Horvath for $189,000

20628 Cleo Avenue, Habitat For Humanity to M. Ayele for $96,500

1180 Elmsford Drive, Paquet Trust to P. Vakhariya for $1,340,000

10120 Firwood Drive, A. & S. Saxena to C. Shih for $786,000

22540 Kinst Court, D. Dimonte to SJDDM Inc. for $925,000

10903 Northfield Square, Dibble Trust to A. Poon for $736,000

10071 Orange Avenue, Kwok Trust to R. Rangarajan for $1,724,000

22306 Rancho Deep Cliff Drive, Myers Trust to M. & S. Welsh for $1,325,000

11051 Santa Teresa Drive, Sera Trust to H. Ho for $1,650,000

11842 Shasta Spring Court, J. Ding to S. & K. Asanuma for $1,728,000

22780 Stevens Creek Boulevard, Pathak Trust to S. Talwar for $1,550,000

20488 Stevens Creek Boulevard #1810, D. Iskandar to Y. Jiang for $550,000

Overall

Los Altos

Total sales: 13

Highest sale: $2,750,000

Lowest sale: $765,000

Average sale: $1,845,154

Los Altos Hills

Total sales: 1

Highest sale: $2,550,000

Lowest sale: $2,550,000

Average sale: $2,550,000

Mountain View

Total sales: 18

Highest sale: $2,105,000

Lowest sale: $253,000

Average sale: $867,333

Cupertino

Total sales: 14

Highest sale: $1,728,000

Lowest sale: $96,500

Average sale: $1,030,393

– California REsource

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