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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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Los Altos seeks opinions on pedestrian plan


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Residents examine a map of their neighborhood and point out potential pedestrian improvements during last week’s Los Altos Farmers’ Market.

Los Altos is seeking the public’s help as it develops a document to make the city more pedestrian-friendly in the future.

According to Los Altos Transportation Projects Manager Cedric Novenario, the city is soliciting residents’ input on possible pedestrian facility shortcomings in their neighborhoods as part of the process of developing the city’s Pedestrian Master Plan. The existing conditions assessment and outreach effort, Novenario noted, is the kickoff to a five-step approach city engineers and consultants are taking in the plan’s development. The overarching goal of the master plan, he added, is to “enhance the pedestrian experience” in Los Altos.

“If there’s a (pedestrian) safety issue or something else that needs to be addressed, it’ll be part of that pedestrian needs assessment,” Novenario said. “The public is the main user of these (pedestrian) facilities, and they have particular preferences we want to know about.”

To gather residents’ feedback, city staffers, consultants and members of the city’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission (BPAC) last week set up a booth at the Los Altos Farmers’ Market. They plan to repeat the exercise Thursday at the downtown market.

“The way I look at it is, no one knows your neighborhood better than you,” BPAC Chairwoman Suzanne Ambiel said of the city’s request for public input. “There’s no way the city can know of every single problem on every single street.”

Novenario noted that the plan will essentially serve as a policy document for the city as it weighs future pedestrian-related projects. Aside from outlining gaps and needs related to specific neighborhoods and streets, the document will also feature a detailed priority list of five potential projects for the city to consider in future years, he added.

The master plan, Novenario said, will allow the city to pursue additional grant-funding opportunities for pedestrian-related projects.

“Whenever there is a planning document in place with a city, it’s viewed more favorably by funding agencies,” he said.

As part of the plan’s development, Novenario said the city is planning study sessions with BPAC, as well as its Senior and Parks and Recreation commissions. From there, he added, the city will schedule a community outreach meeting in late November or early December. Novenario said a draft copy of the master plan likely won’t be ready until April or May. City council consideration and potential adoption of a final draft is tentatively slated next summer.

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