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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

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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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Community Briefs

Library hosts talk on English gardens

Author Thomas J. Mickey is scheduled to discuss his book on English gardens 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Mickey’s book, “America’s Romance with the English Garden” (Ohio University Press, 2013), chronicles how the seed and publishing industries collaborated to encourage English garden designs through marketing efforts and color printed catalogs.

Mickey is professor emeritus at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. He attended Boston University, the University of Iowa and the Landscape Institute at Boston Architectural College.

For more information, call 948-7683, ext. 3511, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit sccl.org.

Red Cross blood drive slated Friday

The Red Cross has scheduled a mobile blood drive 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday in Spooncer Hall at St. Simon Catholic Parish, 1860 Grant Road, Los Altos.

For more information and to schedule an appointment, call (800) 733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org and use the sponsor code MTVIEW84.

Immigrant House social scheduled Sunday

Friends of Immigrant House has scheduled an ice cream social noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at Mercy-Bush Park on the corner of Mercy and Bush streets in Mountain View.

The event is designed to promote the effort to preserve Immigrant House, a circa-1880s structure that housed immigrant families in the city’s early days.

“We are focusing on the humble origins of Old Mountain View via the historical 1880s-era Immigrant House, home of laborers who built the city and farmhands who worked in the orchards,” said Mary Kay Marinovich, a descendant of immigrants.

Activities will include live entertainment, raffles, prizes, games and the unveiling of a “Save Immigrant House” song with Mountain View High School student Cindy Ho playing on violin.

Marinovich led efforts to preserve the 400-square-foot house, which faced demolition earlier this year to make way for a new Bryant Street office building. She raised funds to move the house to a temporary location. Mountain View city councilmembers have since approved relocating the structure to a city-purchased property on Rengstorff Avenue.

For more information, visit facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Immigrant-House/463720156983669.

Program addresses Facebook security

The Los Altos Library has scheduled a “Facebook Security Review” 2 p.m. Aug. 27 at the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The library’s Nicholas Clayton will review account settings, privacy settings and how to manage updated Facebook settings windows.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit sccl.org.

Dance festival begins Monday

The Mountain View-based Lively Foundation has scheduled its second International Dance Festival – Silicon Valley Monday through Aug. 25 at the Mountain View Masonic Center, 890 Church St.

The festival, a project of the nonprofit Lively Foundation, includes workshops and performances that showcase dancers, choreographers and teachers in an effort to broaden residents’ exposure to dance and expand interest in and enjoyment of dance.

For a schedule of classes, venues and costs, visit livelyfoundation.org. For more information, call 969-4110 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Downtown features Friday-night movie

The Los Altos Village Association’s “Friday Movie Nights” features a screening of “Back to the Future” 8:30 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Altos.

For more information, visit www.downtownlosaltos.org.

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