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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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Letters to the Editor

Downtown Los Altos needs Wi-Fi service

We live in the heart of Silicon Valley, yet when it comes to Wi-Fi in our downtown area, it is nonexistent. Yes, there are a few businesses that have Wi-Fi, but not enough.

The city of Mountain View has free Wi-Fi. Palo Alto is even adding free Wi-Fi to Cogswell Park (for the homeless?).

As we tear up our town, maybe a few bucks should be spent on adding Wi-Fi. Is this another case of the shoemaker has no shoes?

Bob Simmons

Los Altos

Don’t destroy habitat on chance of flood

“More than 100 trees and 200,000 cubic yards of soil” are scheduled to be removed from a nature preserve to accommodate a flood basin. When I read those words from a letter to the editor in the Town Crier (“Digging basins is a waste of money,” July 24), I was dumbfounded.

Why would the Santa Clara Valley Water District want to destroy habitat at Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve? Should watershed and riparian creeksides not be protected? Why would they spend $7 million on flood control on the chance of a flood in 100 years? Why are the opinions of outside engineers Richard Moll and Michael Hayden ignored? They oppose the project as unnecessary to protect property. Where is the environmental impact study?

I live in unincorporated Santa Clara County on Permanente Creek. In 40 years, we have never seen floodwaters. Making a huge concrete basin on Permanente Creek doesn’t make sense. I hope this project will be stopped.

Donna K. Aronson

Los Altos

Planning commissioner keeps his last name

In the Aug. 14 article on Mora Drive (Mora Drive neighbors fear dense development”), reporter Ellie Van Houtte changed my last name to Abrahamson. I object and will keep my old name, Abraham. Morgan Abraham brought it to America in 1713 from England; it has served my family well for a long time.

The reporter failed to convey what I said in a telephone conversation with her. She quoted me as saying efforts to develop substandard lots are done with very little success. We have many homes in Los Altos Hills on lots that are less than one acre. They are, for the most part, legal, nonconforming lots created prior to the town’s incorporation. Lots less than one-half acre are often difficult to develop because of their small size and the minimum setback requirements. Small lots are often merged into adjoining lots so as to create larger lots. Property owners have at times unmerged lots, restoring them back to the underlying lots. If this reduces the lots to less than an acre, the unmerging effort is often denied.

Regarding the subject of the article, I have not formed an opinion and will not until the issue comes before the Planning Commission, and that may never happen.

Jim Abraham

Planning Commissioner

Los Altos Hills

Find a Word puzzle bungles clue

I thought it was ironic that your Find A Word puzzle in the Aug. 7 issue had “Monterrey” as a California city to find, especially when the entire focus was on the “many fine cities” in California. Monterrey is in Mexico, Monterey is in California.

Betty Skov

Los Altos

Student praises Los Altos library

The Los Altos Library has always been a place for me to find books, work on homework and read for as long as I wanted.

When I was little, I used to love to go there for story time. Ever since, I have always enjoyed going to the library and reading. I also like the audiobooks, which I listen to on long drives with my family.

I am so glad that our little city has such a great library.

Thank you to all the librarians for making the Los Altos Library a great place for all the Los Altos families.

Neville Taraporevala

Freshman

Los Altos High School

Nature program deserves local support

It is not often that a high school student writes asking for support of a nature program that he experienced 10 years ago. Nico Noriega’s column in the Aug. 14 Town Crier (“Former camper laments loss of nature program”) did just that, for Keith Gutierrez’s A Touch of the Earth program.

As a former Deer Hollow Farm docent who worked with Gutierrez for approximately eight years, I add my request that all who value his talent for teaching our youth “how to stay in touch with and appreciate nature and past cultures” please send a donation to keep this program running.

Note that this program is not an official nonprofit and thus donations are not tax deductible. I have sent mine anyway, because Gutierrez’s ability to connect with young people is a gift that deserves support. Please read Noriega’s piece and judge for yourself.

Make checks payable to “A Touch of the Earth” and send to 14840 Union Ave., San Jose 95124.

For more information, visit atouchoftheearth.com.

Donna Poulos

Los Altos

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