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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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WILLIAM KAUFMANN


Bill Kaufmann was a gentleman, a publisher, a scholar, an essayist, a husband, a father, a grandfather, a golfer, a fisherman, and a friend. He was born December 18, 1925, in Oneonta, New York. He graduated from Stamford Central School as valedictorian of the class of 1943. He then served as an Electronic Technician’s Mate in the U.S. Navy, Pacific Theater, until May 1946. Grateful all his life for the GI Bill, he was awarded an AB degree in June 1951 by Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, with class honors in English Literature and Art, and election to Phi Beta Kappa.

After graduation from Hamilton College, he joined The Ronald Press Company as a college traveler in New England, the Middle Atlantic States, and Eastern Canada. In 1955 he was recruited by W. H. Freeman & Company as a Field Editor. He and his family relocated to Los Altos, CA., in 1962. At Freeman he served as Editor, Vice President, and President until his departure in 1971.

He launched William Kaufmann, Inc., in 1972 as a family enterprise, publishing a joyously eclectic assortment of projects (from the California Water Atlas to a wildly successful graphic calculus primer, to a richly annotated edition of The Hunting of the Snark), achieving profitability in its fourth year. He organized programs for the annual meetings of the American Library Association, courses about West Coast publishing for UC Berkeley, and basic publishing skills courses at University of Denver and Stanford University. He also conducted a fishing class at Stanford University.

In 1973 Bill accepted an invitation to serve as consultant to the Board of Directors of Annual Reviews, a highly successful publisher of unique scholarly volumes across a challenging array of sciences. From the mid-1970s to 1995 he served as Editor-in-Chief and interim EIC, guiding the organization into new fields and stabilizing its modernization. Throughout the publishing worlds touched by both William Kaufmann, Inc., and Annual Reviews, Bill was admired for his open-minded good sense, managerial patience, collegial fairness, and integrity. He enjoyed easy friendships with innumerable eminent scientists and educators. Bill was an accomplished fly fisherman and a founding member of the Mr. Flood Society. He was a passionate collector of rare (or sometimes just irresistible) books.

Bill married Virginia Marie Hanlon on December 31, 1945. They had two children: Gary, who died in 1967, and Gail, who is married to Thom Riley and has 2 sons, Ben and Thad. Bill loved being a Grandfather. He was happily married until Virginia died on December 15, 2005. Bill loved books, fishing, golf, baseball, ice cream, bananas and a good joke. On the afternoon of August 3, 2013, with his daughter Gail at his side holding his hand, Bill died, completing the life begun 87 years ago. In Bill’s heaven, the fish are always biting, and every golf ball obeys the strokes of a dauntless imagination.

At Bill’s request there will be no memorial service. Donations to Pathways Home Health & Hospice, 585 North Mary Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94085 are encouraged

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