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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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DONALD MCCLURE GEORGE


Donald McClure George passed away while surrounded by his family on July 4. He had battled a number of health issues for over 10 years.

Don is survived by his wife Megan, son Douglas George, daughters Denise George and Nancy George (John Neuhaus). He was a devoted grandfather to Sarah and Alexander Neuhaus. He is also survived by his ex-wife, Rosemary George, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, William Townsend George and Mildred Elaine Cullison George, and his siblings, William Cullison George, and Elaine George Collins and his nephew David Collins.

Don was born July 21, 1923 in Denver, Colorado. He came to Burlingame as a young child. He attended school in Burlingame, graduating from high school in 1941. He went to a local community college, then volunteered for the Air Force during World War II. He became an Air Force pilot, and flew bombing missions to Germany from a base in Bari, Italy. After the war, he returned to Burlingame, working for his father who owned George Lithograph in San Francisco. Don worked for George Lithograph from 1946 until 1970. He lived in Millbrae and was a member of the Millbrae School Board from 1965 to 1972. After his divorce, Don moved further south to Los Altos, working for a software company, Advanced Micro Devices, as a salesman. He met Megan George. They married in 1985 after a long courtship. Throughout his life he enjoyed photography, dance, cooking, being with family, and remodeling his homes. His home in Los Altos was of Japanese design with an indoor hot tub, shoji screens, and an inside courtyard. He also liked Asian food. He took Cantonese cooking classes while he worked in San Francisco and was an excellent Chinese chef. He always had a camera in his pocket and his family enjoyed his wonderful photos.

Donations in his honor can be made to the American Civil Liberties Union, 39 Drumm Street, San Francisco, CA 94111.

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