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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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Westwind Barn management proposals due this week

Los Altos Hills is headed into the home stretch in the process of selecting a new property manager at Westwind Community Barn. The deadline for concessionaires’ proposals is 4 p.m. Thursday.

“The town is looking forward to receiving the proposals,” said Los Altos Hills community services coordinator Sarah Gualtieri of the process, which began in the spring when the city council agreed to seek new barn management.

The past few years have been rocky for the town-owned barn. In addition to financial challenges under town management, the barn lost its Year-Round Riding Program director in June. But with the prospect of a new independent manager and operator, the town anticipates renewed success for the facility.

Since releasing an official request for proposal June 26, Gualtieri said the town has received responses from a number of interested parties. During a July 15 walk-through of the Westwind facilities, eight potential bidders participated with enthusiasm and posed a host of questions, she said.

Although the town will not have a final count on prospective managers until the deadline passes, an evaluation committee is poised to review proposals and conduct interviews in August. If a suitable candidate is identified, the town could award a contract to a new concessionaire by Oct. 17.

The new operator will be responsible for overseeing all horse boarding at the barn, riding programs and the Pacific Ridge Pony Club. To allow for the continuation of town and public use of the facility, the new operator is expected to accommodate the 4-H Riding for the Handicapped program and as many as eight town-organized public events each year.

Although the Year-Round Riding Program has been on hiatus since the end of June, Gualtieri said the program will be operational by late fall, when a new concessionaire takes the reins. In the interim, the 4-H program has been in full swing and the barn continues to accept new horses for boarding.

Gualtieri added that residents should save the date for the annual Los Altos Hills Hoedown, scheduled 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 7 at Westwind Community Barn, 27210 Altamont Road. In addition to music, crafts and the Community Farmers’ Market garden-grown fruits and vegetables, guests can observe riding demonstrations and equestrian exhibits at the event.

“It’s another way to showcase the facility,” Gualtieri said, emphasizing how integral the barn is to many of Los Altos Hills’ signature traditions.

For more information, visit westwindbarn.com.

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