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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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Community Briefs

Los Altos PREPARE hosts monthly meeting

Members of the Los Altos PREPARE program invite local residents to attend their monthly meeting 4-5:30 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion Hall, 347 First St., Los Altos.

Los Altos PREPARE, a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation, engages residents, emergency response agencies and other stakeholders to ensure that the community is prepared to respond to major disasters and emergencies.

For more information, call 888-2610, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit losaltoscf.org/losaltosprepare.

Hoedown brings music to LAH Sept. 7

Los Altos Hills has scheduled its annual Hoedown 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 7 at Westwind Community Barn, 27210 Altamont Road.

The event will feature bluegrass music by Sidesaddle & Company, a riding demonstration by 4-H and Pacific Ridge Pony Club members and soap-making, leather-tooling and textile-arts demonstrations.

Children and their families can participate in craft activities and games with prizes.

To host a table of games, crafts or garden harvests, call Sarah Gualtieri at 947-7518 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

CSA honors Hometown Heroes

The Community Services Agency has scheduled its annual Hometown Heroes Recognition Breakfast 7:15-9 a.m. Sept. 13 at the Microsoft Corp. Silicon Vlley Campus, Building 1, 1065 La Avenida St., Mountain View.

Hometown Heroes recognizes local community members and businesses that have positively impacted the community.

This year the event will honor Los Altos residents and community volunteers Jean and Barbara Mordo and past and present Mountain View City Councils.

Tickets are $45 per person. Those who would like to sponsor a table of 10 can call 968-0836, ext. 115, or email Jim Boin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For tickets and more information, email Christina Sudairy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Tour de Coop flies again

The second Silicon Valley Tour de Coop is scheduled 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 14.

The Tour de Coop is a self-guided bicycle tour of local chicken coops, gardens and beehives. The goal of the ride is to inspire production of healthful and sustainable food supplies for surrounding communities.

The owners of more than 32 coops have applied to be included in this year’s event. After registering, tourists will receive a map of the tour route.

For more information, call 793-0475 or visit tourdecoop.org.

Train Days rolls in to History Museum

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled Train Days 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 14 and 15 at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

The annual event showcases model railroading. Elaborate layouts, intricate scenery and scaled renditions of prototypes and whimsical engines and theme cars, complete with steam, lights and sound, will speed along rails. Visitors are invited to explore and ask questions about the gauges and scales associated with American and Asian model railroading layouts.

In 1907, Southern Pacific put Los Altos on the map with its steam railway connecting Palo Alto to Los Gatos.

Mirroring railroad development through the years, Train Days tracks the transition from early steam locomotives to diesel engines and electric and high-speed passenger trains – all scaled in miniature.

Food, beverages and train items will be available for purchase.

Admission is $5 per person, free for children 4 and under. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, visit losaltoshistory.org.

Santa Clara Corvettes sponsors car show

Santa Clara Corvettes has scheduled its 37th Annual Corvette Spectacular Car Show Sept. 22 on Main Street in Los Altos. Registration will open at 8 a.m., followed by judging at 11 a.m. and awards at 3:30 p.m.

The show, one of the largest all-Corvette events on the West Coast, will feature approximately 165 new, classic and racing Corvettes lining both sides of Main Street. Main will be closed to car traffic from First Street to San Antonio Road but will remain open to foot traffic.

In addition to showcasing Corvettes, the event will include a live band, raffle prizes and vendors.

Admission is free. A portion of proceeds benefits local charities.

For more information, call David Johnston at (408) 255-2183 or Ray Taylor at (510) 656-2301, or visit sccorvettes.org or wscc.ws.

LAH organizes ‘Old Timers’ event

The Los Altos Hills History Committee has scheduled an “Old Timers” gathering for people who have lived in town for 35-plus years 2-5 p.m. Oct. 20 under the oak tree at town hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

The event will offer attendees the opportunity to share memories and reconnect with old friends.

Snacks and wine will be served.

RSVP by Oct. 10 to City Clerk Deborah Padovan at 947-2513.

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