Mon10202014

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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Police Blotter

Two-alarm fire ravages Mtn. View homes

A two-alarm fire engulfed one home and damaged another on Orangetree Lane in Mountain View Saturday night.

According to Mountain View Police, 911 dispatchers received several calls regarding a house fire at approximately 7:49 p.m. Upon arrival, Santa Clara County Fire Department responders found the single-family home engulfed in flames – with the fire spreading to a neighboring home.

After evacuating residents and evaluating the blaze, fire officials called a second alarm at approximately 7:57 p.m. A gas meter with an active leak caught fire during the incident, police reported. On-scene firefighters gained control and extinguished the blaze at 9 p.m. PG&E later secured and capped the leaking gas line.

Police described damage to the homes as “extensive.”

No one was injured as a result of the fire, which rendered the properties uninhabitable, police added. The incident remains under investigation by county fire officials.

Purse thefts

Sept. 3, 11:19 a.m., Dior Terrace: A resident contacted police to report that an unknown suspect stole her purse from her unlocked car.

Sept. 3, 2:08 p.m., 700 block of Berry Avenue: An unknown suspect stole a purse from a classroom at Loyola School.

Drug arrest

Sept. 4, 12:09 a.m., Foothill Expressway and Arastradero Road: Police arrested a 25-year-old male for violating his probation after discovering that he was in possession of marijuana. The suspect, arrested after originally being pulled over for a moving violation, was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

Burglary attempt

Sept. 4, 11:53 a.m., 700 block of Altos Oaks Drive: An unknown suspect tried unsuccessfully to break into a medical office by prying open a window screen.

Residential burglaries

Sept. 4, 8:59 p.m., 600 block of Camellia Way: An unknown suspect entered an open garage and stole a $4,000 bicycle from the residence. The homeowners told police that they accidentally left their garage door open prior to leaving home.

Sept. 5, 8:09 a.m., 700 block of Casa Bonita Court: An unknown suspect forced entry into the garage and stole a bicycle valued at approximately $4,000.

Vandalism

Sept. 5, 10:22 a.m., 1100 block of Covington Road: An unknown suspect damaged a fence and other property on the grounds of Blach Intermediate School.

Auto burglary

Sept. 7, 8:28 a.m., 200 block of Cuesta Drive: An unknown suspect smashed the window of a vehicle, stealing two bags containing clothes and paperwork. The vehicle was parked in the victim’s carport at the time of the incident.

– Diego Abeloos

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