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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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SHIRLEY M. CLARK


November 1, 1929 – August 9, 2013

Resident of Los Altos for 44 years, Shirley passed peacefully at home, surrounded by her loved ones, her books, and the many things she held close to her heart. Born Shirley Margaret Brown in Cordell, OK to Kenneth and Loreta Brown, Shirley moved to San Francisco after marrying James Clark in 1949. They relocated to Mill Valley in 1950, where they raised their four daughters until their divorce in 1966, and Shirley and the girls moved to the South Bay.

Shirley is survived by her daughters, Jamie Zamen of Mountain View, Kyle Taylor (Mark) of Cupertino, Becky Bahn (Jim) of Ben Lomond, and Beth Robles (Bob) of San Jose, as well as her grandchildren Rebecca Zamen, Garrett, Griffin and Hilary Taylor, Derek and Lindsey Bahn, and Ryan and Jordan Robles. Her sister, Barbara Reuter of El Reno, OK and nieces and nephew also survive her. She is predeceased by her grandson Tyler Zamen, and her son-in-law Mark Zamen.

From 1966 on, Shirley raised her daughters by herself, sometimes holding as many as three jobs. But she always found the time to expose her daughters to the world at large, with multiple visits to museums, the California missions, trips to the beach, and even political rallies. Shirley’s many passions included history (she stopped to read every historical marker she passed on road trips), Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, current events, the movies, her garden, her sewing, knitting, needlepoint and many crafts projects, her cats, and of course books of all kinds.

Shirley’s career was in hospital and medical office administration. She oversaw the transitions to automated billing at El Camino Hospital, Alexian Brothers Hospital, and many local medical clinics. She was the office manager at Camino Medical Group in Mountain View for many years, and because of her love of the movies, she owned and operated Video Land on Miramonte Avenue in Mountain View during the mid-1980s. 

The family would like to thank Dolores Regalado and her children for their love and care of “Grandma” for the last year and a half, and a special thanks to Garrett Taylor, Shirley’s grandson, for being her housemate, caregiver, and doting companion for the last several years. She loved you all so much. And thank you to the Sunnyvale Health Care Center, Pathways Hospice, and the Neptune Society for their help during this emotional time. 

To honor Shirley’s memory, she would want you to read a book. Services will be private.

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