Mon10202014

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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Police Blotter

Crew raises stink over porta-potty

Los Altos police last week responded to a spat between construction contractors that started over the use of a porta-potty and ended when one worker maliciously threw a sledgehammer at another man.

The incident began when a construction contractor’s white Ford Ranger pickup pulled up in front of a job site on the 1800 block of Robles Ranch Road. A passenger quickly exited the truck to use a porta-potty stationed at the site but was admonished moments later by an on-site worker for not obtaining permission first.

Police noted that while the passenger apologized, the truck’s driver began yelling at the on-site worker for scolding his acquaintance. The argument became more heated and the driver eventually reached into the truck bed and picked up a 5-pound sledgehammer, while the worker simultaneously reached for a carpenter’s hammer. The driver heaved the sledgehammer in the worker’s direction – missing his target – before jumping in the truck and driving hurriedly away from the scene.

The on-site worker subsequently contacted police, who are now seeking to identify the driver.

Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call the Los Altos Police Department at 947-2770.

MVPD arrest three connected to scam

The Mountain View Police Department’s Crimes Against Persons Unit last week made three arrests in connection with a series of armed robberies that occurred earlier this year on Tyrella Avenue.

Police arrested Mountain View resident Nazario Cruz along with a juvenile after serving a warrant on the 50 block of Evandale Avenue.

In addition, police arrested Jose Urias after issuing a warrant on the 300 block of East O’Keefe Street in East Palo Alto.

The three suspects were taken into custody without incident, a department spokesman said.

“We have been working diligently on this case since the original incident in May of this year,” said Mountain View Detective Kevin Galloway. “This case was non-trivial and required us to really strategize how we were going to uncover these suspects, who were extremely brazen in their tactics.”

According to police, the suspects posed online as females seeking blind dates. The scam included a request by the supposed female to have the victims supply a large amount of cash so that they could watch her roll around in it. The scheme lured male victims to a designated meeting place, where two men robbed them, one of whom was believed to be in possession of a firearm.

There were three confirmed incidents of robbery using the scam in Mountain View, Galloway said.

Anyone with information on the case is urged to call Galloway at 903-6150, ext. 6624.

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