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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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Climate plan outlines greenhouse gas reduction measures

The city has released for public review a Draft Climate Action Plan that proposes a strategy for reducing Los Altos’ greenhouse gas emissions by at least 15 percent by 2020.

The draft results from the Los Altos City Council’s March approval of a minimum provisional greenhouse gas reduction target of 15 percent below the city’s 2005 level of 182,830 metric tons of carbon-dioxide equivalent (MTCO2e). The 45-day public review period closes Friday.

Reached by the Town Crier, Los Altos Senior Planner Zach Dahl said the action plan aims to fall in line with State Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act. The bill, passed in 2006, establishes a statewide goal of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 to 1990 emission levels. Dahl added that while compliance with AB 32 is not a requirement for local jurisdictions like Los Altos, it’s important for the city to remain ahead of the curve. He noted that one-fourth to one-third of all California cities already have a Climate Action Plan in place.

“There are a lot of jurisdictions around the state doing this, so while we’re not necessarily leading the pack, we’re being proactive,” Dahl said, adding that the city could essentially achieve that goal with a 15 percent reduction of its 2005 level. “That is roughly equivalent to the 1990 level (of 155,410 MTCO2e).”

The report outlines reduction measures in five subcategories – transportation, energy, resource conservation, green community and municipal operations – and could actually achieve as much as a 17 percent deduction if approved in full by the Los Altos City Council.

“Some of these (measures) obviously have a bigger impact than others,” Dahl said, pointing specifically to traffic-calming measures, as well as developing and implementing the city’s Pedestrian Master Plan and Bicycle Transportation Plan. “Those three will be the bulk of how we’ll reduce emissions.”

Dahl views the Climate Action Plan as more than just a guiding document to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions. If implemented, he said, it could also enable Los Altos residents to enjoy “a better overall living experience.”

Certification of the action plan opens the door for the city to receive state grant dollars, which could potentially offset a significant portion of the $2.2 million estimated for projects outlined in the city’s Bicycle Transportation Plan. Future construction projects will be subject to a more “streamlined” environmental review process.

The Draft Climate Action Plan is available on the city’s website, and residents can submit written comments until 5 p.m. Friday.

The Environmental Commission reviewed the plan at its Aug. 12 meeting. It will also be the topic of a follow-up public meeting slated 7 p.m. Sept. 9 in the council chambers, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

The city council has tentatively scheduled a public meeting to consider the plan 7 p.m. Sept. 24 in the council chambers.

For more information, visit ci.los-altos.ca.us.

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