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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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Transactions

103 Arbuelo Way, Curran Trust to R. Ebert for $1,802,000

1042 Eastwood Drive, C. Jones to Cheng Trust for $1,848,000

23215 Mora Glen Drive, S. & D. Shokralla to C. & C. Trost for $2,100,000

Los Altos Hills

26405 Ascension Drive, Dyal Trust to F. & R. Petterson for $3,247,000

13621 Roble Alto Court, Alchimisti Trust to K. & L. Gulati for $3,118,000

Mountain View

1112 Boranda Avenue, Sandhill Corporation to Mark Jensen Limited for $12,980,000

836 Bourbon Court, Westen Trust to S. Turan for $1,150,000

509 Levin Avenue, Rich Trust to M. Qian for $1,341,000

605 Moorpark Way, D. & J. Oh to J. & D. Lin for $1,245,000

49 Showers Drive #W311, L. Johnson to Tolchin-Howard Enterprises for $699,000

13080 Sun Mor Avenue, Urban West Hcc Limited to Kaushal Trust for $2,425,000

793 View Street, J. Knight to D. & W. Kandasamy for $1,930,000

Cupertino

10638 Gardena Court, S. Kang to Kwong Trust for $1,400,000

19320 Greenwood Circle, J. & M. Lee to J. Li for $789,000

1145 Hollyhead Lane, H. & S. Viswanath to K. Mehraby for $1,320,000

10391 Johnson Avenue, Krongard Trust to W. Chen for $850,000

20610 Kirwin Lane, R. & M. Delsid to Su Trust for $1,278,000

10431 Lockwood Drive, S. & W. Yeung to Z. Ling for $1,600,000

10406 Palo Vista Road, T. Hsu to P. & S. Thakkar for $2,550,000

10728 Stevens Canyon Road, H. Huang to E. Su for $1,160,000

20488 Stevens Creek Boulevard #1102, E. Low to H. Zhang for $733,000

20500 Town Center Lane #189, M. Dang to H. Patel for $725,000

Overall

Los Altos

Total sales: 3

Highest sale: $2,100,000

Lowest sale: $1,802,000

Average sale: $1,916,667

Los Altos Hills

Total sales: 2

Highest sale: $3,247,000

Lowest sale: $3,118,000

Average sale: $3,182,500

Mountain View

Total sales: 7

Highest sale: $12,980,000

Lowest sale: $699,000

Average sale: $3,110,000

Cupertino

Total sales: 10

Highest sale: $2,550,000

Lowest sale: $725,000

Average sale: $1,240,500

– California REsource

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