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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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Guido wins twice on golf course at chamber tourney


Courtesy of Julie Rose
The winning foursome at the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament included, from left, Martin Nguyen, Kurtis Ferchau, Mike Guido and Joerg Ferchau.

Last week’s 24th annual Los Altos Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament proved to be a win-win event for Mike Guido. He was part of the winning foursome and also placed first in the longest-drive contest.

Guido, Joerg Ferchau, Kurtis Ferchau and Martin Nguyen combined to post the best score in the scramble-format tournament, held Aug. 5 at Los Altos Golf & Country Club. PricewaterhouseCoopers and Efficient Drivetrains Inc. sponsored the foursome.

A foursome sponsored by Zoom Imaging – Chris Clark, Joe Power, Kevin Jarvis and Matt Castaneda – finished second.

Later, Guido and Jaclyn Campi each took home a prize for hitting the longest drive among the men and women, respectively.

Susanna Pau and Cary Liu placed first in the two-person best-ball category. Ruth Chu and Larry Chu came in second.

Ron Carrie won the closest-to-the-pin contest, while Ken Haukom took home the prize for the most accurate drive.

Sandy Wihtol and Ray Skitt putted unsuccessfully for the $5,000 putting contest prizes.

Courtyard by Marriott Palo Alto-Los Altos was title sponsor of the event. Silver Sponsors included: Armadillo Willy’s BBQ; Campi Properties Inc.; Casas Riley & Simonian LLP; Chef Chu’s; EverBank; Intero Real Estate Services; Los Altos Optometric Group; May Construction Inc.; Mission Trail Waste Systems Inc.; Rees Properties Inc.; Residence Inn by Marriott Palo Alto-Los Altos; Sereno Group Real Estate; and Torrey Pines Bank. Le Boulanger donated boxed lunches and Whole Foods Market and Gordon Biersch Brewery supplied refreshments on the golf course.

“We are pleased with the generous support we get from the business community for this annual fundraiser,” tournament chairman Brian Whitlock said.

Two hole-in-one prizes went unclaimed – a Mercedes-Benz sponsored by HammerAuto.com and a Baume & Mercier timepiece sponsored by Gleim Jewelers. State Farm Insurance/Jim Flynn and Al Ward sponsored the putting and longest-drive contests, while Adobe Animal Hospital was the cart sponsor.

Last week’s event included a barbecue buffet, followed by an award presentation, silent auction and several prize drawings.

Tournament proceeds support the chamber’s primary core functions of encouraging a strong local economy and promoting the communities of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

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