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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

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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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Sports on the Side

Soccer program starts

The MVLA Soccer Club’s development academy program, led by Coach Ken, is scheduled to kick off this week at Hillview Field in Los Altos. Clinics run 3:30-4:30 p.m. (ages 5-6) and 4:30-5:30 p.m. (ages 7-9) Fridays, through Nov. 22. Cost is $200. To register and for more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Take a hike

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District has scheduled a hike 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 12 at Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve, which borders Los Altos and Cupertino. Led by docents Ed North and Kate Gudmundson, the vigorous 8-mile hike follows the PG&E, Upper High Meadow, High Meadow and Coyote trails. There is no fee to participate or park. For more information, visit open- space.org/activities.

Swing for the Oaks

The 10th annual Tony Makjavich Memorial Golf Tournament, a fundraiser for the Palo Alto Oaks semipro baseball team, is scheduled 1:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at Shoreline Golf Links in Mountain View. Los Altos High graduate Steve Espinoza is the team’s general manager. He played for the Oaks under Makjavich, who ran the club for 50 years. Cost is $125; $150 after Sept. 15. To register and for more information, visit paoaks.com.

Swing for El Camino

The El Camino Hospital Foundation has scheduled its 18th annual El Camino Heritage Golf Tournament Oct. 21 at Ruby Hill Golf Club in Pleasanton. To register and for more information, call Kirsten Krimsley at 988-4189 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Coaches wanted

Los Altos High seeks head coaches for two varsity spring sports: gymnastics and boys tennis. Email resumes to athletic director Kim Cave at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Mountain View High seeks head coaches for two springs sports: track and field and frosh-soph baseball. If interested, contact athletic director Shelley Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Swim-team tryouts

The Los Altos Mountain View Aquatic Club has scheduled tryouts for the upcoming fall season 4:30-5:30 p.m. today through Thursday and Monday through Sept. 12 at Eagle Pool, 650 Franklin St., Mountain View. For more information, visit lamvac.org or call (408) 732-3432.

Tennis, anyone?

The Los Altos Tennis Club seeks new members. The long-standing club schedules several tennis matches through the year, along with charity and social events. If interested, email membership chairwoman Sherry Barba at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

CIF offers newsletter

The California Interscholastic Federation, the governing body for the state’s high school sports, issues a free monthly newsletter via email to keep parents/guardians of student-athletes informed of issues like safety, eligibility and upcoming events. To subscribe and for more information, visit cifstate.org/index.php/parents.

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