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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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Plight of local homeless topic of annual CSA breakfast


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
CSA Executive Director Tom Myers, right, congratulates Jean and Barbara Mordo on their “Hometown Heroes” award.

The homeless are everywhere, even in affluent Silicon Valley, and they don’t fit the stereotype of the dirty panhandler on the street corner.

Tom Myers, executive director of the Community Services Agency of Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, made that point during CSA’s annual “Hometown Heroes” breakfast, held Friday at the Microsoft Corp. headquarters in Mountain View.

Myers showed the audience a portion of Bill Moyers’ recent documentary, “Homeless in High Tech’s Shadow,” which featured some local homeless people who could be mistaken for young engineers and others who had jobs but could not afford a place to live.

CSA, which provides a safety net of support for the struggling, assists a wide range of people through its food and nutrition center, homeless services and help for seniors, including a lunch and nutrition program.

Myers said that of the 110,000 estimated residents in Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, 1 in 17 is a CSA client. That number increased nearly 300 over the previous fiscal year, from 6,279 in 2011-2012 to 6,558 in 2012-2013.

Acknowledging the innovations of Silicon Valley, Myers wondered whether “we can harness that brain power” to fix the homeless problem.

Los Altos City Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins, a CSA board member, noted that the nonprofit’s goal is not offering a handout, but “a hand up.” Myers pointed to CSA’s mission statement and the agency’s desire to promote “stability, self-reliance and dignity.”

Honorees at this year’s event included CSA volunteers Jean and Barbara Mordo of Los Altos and past and present Mountain View City Councils for their ongoing support.

“At CSA, all things done here are outstanding and very worthy of your time and effort,” Barbara Mordo said.

Oscar Garcia, president and CEO of the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce, said he and his family have used CSA in times of need.

As he reminded the large gathering at the “Hometown Heroes” event: “You’re just one tragedy, one life circumstance away from needing services from CSA.”

For more information, visit csacares.org.

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