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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

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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PG&E recognizes Foothill for energy savings

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District recently received more than $1.1 million from PG&E for energy savings generated by the installation of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels in three parking lots at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills.

By the conclusion of the five-year program in fall 2016, the college district will have received a total rebate of more than $1.75 million. California utilities administer the Savings by Design Program, which encourages high-performance, nonresidential building design and construction.

According to PG&E, the Foothill College PV project achieves an energy savings of 4,019,452 kilowatts, which equates to 373.8 metric tons of carbon dioxide – the equivalent of one year of power for 188 homes, or removing 79 cars from the road.

According to Foothill College President Judy C. Miner, Foothill is committed to energy efficiency for three reasons: sustainability, a new energy curriculum that uses the campus as a living laboratory and cost savings.

The installation of Foothill’s PV panels was completed in 2011. A design-build project with Chevron Energy, the panels include multiple PV arrays that generate 1.4 million kilowatt-hours each year and reduce the college district’s energy costs. Located in three campus parking lots (1H, 2 and 3), the large panels double as shade structures.

Proceeds from Measure C, a $490.8 million bond approved in 2006 by voters residing in the Foothill-De Anza Community College District service area, funded the PV project.

The PV panels also play a role in Foothill’s College Science & Learning Institute, which promotes an instructional model based on educational research and best practices for the successful teaching and learning of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at all levels.

Foothill’s new 25-unit Sustainability & Energy Program features a five-unit course that introduces technical students and working professionals to the field of PV technology. Using the photovoltaic panels, students analyze the real-time energy intake and output data as an instructional exercise in applied STEM learning.

For more information, visit measurec.fhda.edu.

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