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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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How to handle getting pulled over

Q: When being pulled over by law enforcement, what is the correct way to handle this situation?

A: Getting pulled over for the first time can be daunting. However, if you are aware of the procedures and the steps you must take, it will be less stressful for you.

The first thing you should do when you notice that you are being pulled over is acknowledge the police officer by turning on your right turn signal. Next you should move to the right shoulder of the road – never to the center median.

For full details on the correct practice of an enforcement stop, visit apps.DMV.ca.gov/pubs/dl600.pdf and go to page 77 in the Driver Handbook.

Q: I am visiting California on holiday from Europe. Can I use my disabled permit when I park my rental car?

A: If you have a disabled placard or permit that has the international symbol on it, you can use it in California.

For information, visit dmv.ca.gov/pubs/brochures/fast_facts/ffvr07.htm#.

Q: I noticed that the number on the license plates I received today does not match the license plate number that is shown on my registration card. What should I do?

A: Good catch. It’s really important to make sure the information on the registration card matches the vehicle description – including the license plate number you were issued. Make an appointment with your local DMV office and take in the set of license plates and registration card so that new plates can be issued.

Q: I would like to go to a DMV investigations office to formally file a complaint on a used-car dealership that sold me a car six months ago and never completed the transfer of registration. Where can I find one of these offices?

A: You can find one of these offices online at DMV.ca.gov. On the homepage, click the “Offices” tab, then “Investigation Offices.” From there, click the nearest city name for the list of office locations and hours of operation. It would be best to call and schedule an appointment.

Note that these offices do not provide basic driver licensing or vehicle registration services. They exist solely for consumer protection matters, including identity theft, complaints against car dealers and problems involving the purchase of a vehicle.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles provides the Ask the DMV column to the Town Crier. To submit a question, email Jillianne Luong at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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