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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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Expert addresses U.S.-North Korea relations in Rotary Club appearance


Jerry Tomanek/ Special to the Town Crier
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An expert outlined the state of U.S.-North Korea relations and the use of nuclear weapons for a Rotary Club of Los Altos audience Sept. 12.

Philip W. Jun, J.D., executive director and chief operating officer of the Ploughshares Fund, predicted extreme provocation from North Korea over the next six months.

After years of negotiating with North Korea as a U.S. Department of State appointee during the Clinton administration and living in Seoul himself, Jun based his evaluation on personal experience and knowledge of North Korea’s current political climate.

Jun received a Fulbright Scholarship to Korea and later served as a senior member in the U.S. delegation to the Korea peace talks in Geneva and the working group that managed U.S. policy toward North Korea. He traveled to North Korea as a senior adviser with former Secretary of Defense William Perry in 1999 and former Secretary of State Madeleine in 2000.

Although the U.S. called North Korea’s bluff when its first missile had to be exploded after 90 seconds and the U.S. demanded it adhere to a February 2012 agreement not to test missiles, North Korea gained significant knowledge from those tests, according to Jun.

“They have no intention of giving up their nuclear weapons program,” he said, adding that he expects North Korea to continue “playing the U.S., South Korea and China against each other.”

North Korea needs revenue and may seek to sell its nuclear stockpile. The key question is: To whom? Jun said he believes North Korea may have already sold nuclear technology to Syria.

North Korea has undertaken provocative behavior, according to Jun, because it’s an impoverished, failed state with leaders who seek to consolidate power internally while testing the mettle of the U.S., South Korea, Japan and China.

North Korea has a distinct advantage in negotiations, Jun said, because the Kim family circle of leaders has been in power for 20 years, in contrast to the changing administrations of other countries.

Jun noted that the U.S. has consistently underestimated the aggressive attitude of North Korea, and as long as China has North Korea’s back, there is little the U.S. can do.

Marlene Cowan is a member of the Rotary Club of Los Altos.

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