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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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Forbes touts morality of free-market economy at Conservative Forum appearance in MV


The free-market economy is not only the correct choice over big government, it is the moral choice, according to Steve Forbes, chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media and two-time presidential candidate.

Forbes appeared locally at the Aug. 7 meeting of the Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley to deliver that message, the thesis of his latest book, “Freedom Manifesto: Why Free Markets Are Moral and Big Government Isn’t” (Crown Business, 2012). He co-authored the book with communications specialist Elizabeth Ames, who also addressed the crowd.

A packed house at Mountain View’s Portuguese Hall – more than 470 by one organizer’s count – heard Forbes turn around the myth that government morally does the right thing while those in private enterprise are greedy and can’t be trusted.

“It’s not greed – it’s about transactions,” he said. “The free market meets people’s needs and wants. … Free markets encourage cooperation. No one’s in charge – that’s why it works.”

Meanwhile, big governments “always thrive on conflict,” he said, and get away with what would normally be considered criminal activity.

“Social Security – look how they handle it,” Forbes said, noting that the system is supposed to hold $2.5 trillion in reserves.

In reality, Forbes said, the coffers are empty because the money has been spent.

“IOUs from the Treasury Department – think what would happen if you took money from workers, spent it, then gave them IOUs. You’d be in jail. But that’s government in action,” he said.

Forbes said free markets, on the other hand, encourage positive attributes like innovation and collaboration with a diverse array of people to achieve goals, optimism and responsibility.

“Economists describe the economy as the allocation of scarce resources. … It’s (really) about the creation of resources,” he noted. “Oil itself is glop. It’s human ingenuity that makes this glop something we can’t do without.”

Meanwhile, big government represents a threat to freedom, he said.

No big fan of the IRS – Forbes has long pushed for its abolishment and the establishment of a flat tax – the recent revelations of the agency’s prying into people’s private lives was one of several examples he gave. Another was the One Bay Area proposal that would concentrate housing on 5 percent of regional lands.

“That’s the Soviet Union – determining where you live,” he said.

He emphasized that his problem is not with government itself.

“If all of us were all angels, we wouldn’t need government,” he said. “But we’re not.”

But Forbes has no use for big government, which he characterized as becoming bloated, ineffective and losing track of its original purposes.

Forbes said the United States is still the most prosperous country on earth.

“We’ve had the environment no other country has had,” he added. “We must not lose it.”

For more information on the Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley, visit theconservativeforum.com. For information on Forbes’ book, visit crownpublishing.com.

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