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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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NFL player from St. Francis speaks at Stanford camp


Adam Cohen/Special to the Town Crier
NFL player Rhett Ellison, standing at right, speaks to campers at Stanford last month.

Minnesota Vikings tight end/fullback Rhett Ellison, a St. Francis High graduate, participated as a mentor in the Stanford Youth Impact Program (YIP) July 12.

Ellison, a fourth-round pick of the Vikings last year, served as a guest speaker to emphasize the importance of education and using football as a tool to achieve ultimate success both on and off the field. The Portola Valley native also presented the organization with a personal donation to match the grant given by the NFL.

YIP is a summer program that promotes positive development in low-income, urban-based, at-risk minority middle-school male students between the ages of 10 and 14. The Stanford YIP kicked off July 8 and ran through July 26, hosting more than 100 students and providing 60-plus hours of classroom training and tutoring, field trips and 20 hours of contact football and fitness training. YIP also provides meals and transportation for participants.

“Despite playing college football in Southern California and now professionally in Minnesota, the Bay Area is still my home,” Ellison said. “YIP is a tremendous program that goes far beyond football and teaches life skills and values such as a strong work ethic, discipline and teamwork. To do this locally with an organization that truly supports personal growth, while incorporating the game of football, is a tremendous opportunity. I am grateful to be in a position to give back and share my experiences with these kids.”

A former USC Trojan, Ellison gained mentoring experience with YIP while a student in Los Angeles. He is the son of YIP Chairman and Founder Riki Ellison, a three-time Super Bowl champion with the San Francisco 49ers. He has held the position of chairman since YIP’s inception in 2003.

Through the Heads Up initiative, the NFL and USA Football support the Stanford YIP. The program hired 12 current Stanford football players, five Stanford staff members and four public school teachers. John York, co-chairman of the 49ers, and Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. Secretary of State and Stanford professor, also participated in this summer’s program.

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