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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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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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Morning Forum talk addresses immigration


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The Morning Forum of Los Altos opened its 64th season last week with a discussion on immigration reform.

Maria Echaveste, former deputy chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, addressed “Growing Hispanic Influence: What Happens to Immigration Reform?” in her Sept. 17 appearance.

Echaveste began with a question: Who are the Hispanics and how are they defined? They can hardly be defined by their countries of origin, she said, because they come from so many different countries and their racial makeup, too, is varied.

There are great generational gaps, according to Echaveste.Linguistically, they may not be Spanish-speaking at all. By the third generation in the U.S., only 5 percent can still speak Spanish. As to their race, based on the U.S. Census, 50 percent list themselves as “Mixed” Caucasian, 47 percent “Other.” Geographically, they are scattered throughout the country.

Since the founding of the U.S., Echaveste said, the burning questions have included who will be part of it, and who gets to come in? Benjamin Franklin, she noted, was very much opposed to German immigrants.

Generally, people find languages they aren’t familiar with frightening, she said.

The influence of Hispanics is large and growing, said Echaveste, one of the highest-ranking Latinas to serve in a presidential administration. Today, salsa sales are more prevalent than ketchup sales.

Politically, Latinos also vary, Echaveste said, particularly in three states: Texas, Florida and California. Texas has such deep roots with Mexico that Hispanics are very involved, especially on a conservative level.

California is more progressive in dealing with immigration, she noted, but still many Hispanics are poorer, generally less well-educated and question the value of participating in the democratic process because of the corruption in their countries of origin.

The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 set entry quotas for each country, Echaveste said, “but there will always be people looking for a better life.”

Because not many can enter the U.S. legally, there will always be an influx of illegal immigrants – hence the need for new immigration laws. As administrator of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division from 1993 to 1997, Echaveste said she recognizes the need to protect American wages that immigration policies can affect.

Echaveste said that undocumented workers need to learn English and more about the U.S. And, she emphasized, legalization should occur only after a period of time has passed.

The Morning Forum of Los Altos is a members-only lecture series that meets at Los Altos United Methodist Church. For membership details and more information, visit morningforum.org.

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