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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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Letters to the Editor

Nutritious food benefits students

Not wishing to express myself with the same level of sarcasm and disrespect as Ron Knapp, I do find that I want to refer to his “bit of a rant” in the Sept. 18 Town Crier (“Let students decide what to eat for lunch”) a question: What planet have you been living on, Ron?

There has been a nationwide movement, backed and approved by parents and school districts all over our country, to serve more nutritious food. This has been concurrent with the removal of sugary soft drinks and candy machines from schools.

Ron, are you aware that the obesity rate among young people is soaring? Or that Diabetes 2 is increasing rapidly in the same age group – and not just in ghettos?

Yes, these may be young adults or any other student, and if they wish to bring junk-food lunches or go into town, no one is going to stop them.

Many students, as you point out, are 18, yet they are not allowed to smoke on campus. In years past, students were allowed to smoke at Los Altos High School and with changing times the rule was changed.

Healthful food, as viewed by your assessment, is “crappy food.” It is not just served at Los Altos High. This national movement is being espoused by educated people and parents who want the best for their children.

I wonder also about your statement that “vendors often have nutritious, tasty food, along with the sweets and snack food.” Can that be documented to any extent?

At times, I have heard these vehicles smilingly called “Roach Coaches.” My case rests.

Joan Mather

Los Altos

Writer of letter to editor earns a vote

Thank you for publishing the letter from Ron Knapp in the Sept. 18 Town Crier. Kindly let him know that as soon as he is ready to run for office (of any kind), he has my vote locked in.

Pam Adler

Los Altos

Mobile food vendors hurt local businesses

I agree with Ron Knapp’s letter (Sept. 18) that government should not be in the business of deciding what students should or should not eat. I also agree with Councilwoman Val Carpenter that an ordinance prohibiting mobile vendors within a certain distance from schools would not be effective.

However, Knapp, Carpenter and City Attorney Jolie Houston are missing a more important issue – how mobile vendors affect our local businesses.

We hear a lot about how Los Altos residents should support our local businesses. Allowing mobile vendors to park on our streets, take our money and then drive off to the next town is talking the talk but not walking the walk.

To allow someone who has no stake in our community, employs none of our locals, pays no rent and contributes nothing to our local government coffers to come in and take our money is wrong.

How many of our kids’ first jobs were at the Italian Deli, Spot Pizza, Miyo or so many other local businesses? It’s up to us to ensure their continued success.

Woody DeMayo

Los Altos Hills

Why should I support bond for charter school?

The Bullis Charter School controversy is now, apparently, at the “sit at the table and discuss” level. The intent appears to be to find common ground that will appeal to voters for a bond measure. There are two compelling questions that must be answered.

First: Why should I pay for a bond measure for a private school started under the premise of a “charter” school?

The premise and creation of a charter school was absurd, established by the excess money and legal bullying. Am I going to be asked to pay for a private charter school whose students may come from Los Altos Hills, Palo Alto, Menlo Atherton, Saratoga – all at my expense? Why should I do that? Apparently if I don’t, then funding comes directly out of the existing Los Altos School District funds. This is, in reality, an extortion situation. Nothing more. Nothing less.

Second: Any bond measure requires a premise of trust that funds acquired will be used as expected. Given the demonstrated behavior and coercion tactics of Bullis Charter School advocates, tell me why I should trust them with anything? Reality: There is no trust of Bullis’ motives.

I am quite willing to listen to Bullis Charter School advocates’ answers. You can first start by telling me why you really qualify as a charter school. Then tell me why you think I should pay for your school.

Bullis Charter School advocates should be ashamed of themselves for their reckless abuse of the legal system and acts of extortion.

Kurt Ayers

Los Altos

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