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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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Taking care of business The changing face of downtown Los Altos


L ongtime Los Altos residents have seen downtown businesses come and go over the years, but 2013 is particularly bustling with activity.

From January through July, 11 new businesses opened downtown, while 10, including three pop-up shops, closed, according to city of Los Altos records. At least nine permanent shops and pop-up businesses are scheduled to open in coming months.

To keep readers informed, the Town Crier offers an up-to-date map of new downtown businesses.

New and soon-to-open businesses

1. Ambience, 132 State St.

2. The Makery, 170 State St.

3. Red Racer Hobby Shop, 170 State St.

4. The Alley (opening in the fall), 170 State St.

5. Green Cleaners, 201 State St.

6. Gift Xperience, 237 State St.

7. SFMOMA, 242 State St.1

8. Helix, 320 State St.1

9. Squirt The Juice Bar (opening in the fall), 325 State St.

10. Gallery Outer Space, 359 State St.2

11. The Botanist, 363 State St.2

12. Atelier Gray, 358 State St.

13. Know Knew Books (opening in October), 366 State St.

14. Sirena Scena Salon (relocated from 355 First St.), 75 Main St.

15. Redberry Coffee (opening in the fall), 145 Main St.

16. Paperwhirl (relocating from 235 First St.), 151 Main St.

17. Slingshot Power, 164 Main St.

18. Lisa’s Tea Treasures (opening in the fall), 167 Main St.

19. Pendleton Woolen Mills (opening in the fall), 231 Main St.

20. Queens Dance Studio, 331 First St.

21. Voyageur du Temps Bakery and Café (opening in early 2014), 288 First St.

22. Momentum Cycling, 149 Second St.

Closed businesses

Alabasta, 366 State St.

Aurobora, 359 State St.2

Beausejour, 170 State St.

Christian, 363 State St.2

Curves, 149 Second St.

Design & Interiors, 151 Main St.2

Estatements Luxury Consignment, 331 First St.

Europeon Hair Salon, 75 Main St.

Lussori, 231 Main St.

Pure Cleaners, 201 State St.

2013 by the numbers

• Businesses opened: 11

• Businesses closed: 10

• Businesses opening soon: 9

• Businesses relocating: 2

1. Temporary business

2. Pop-up shop

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