Mon10202014

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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Pedaling a new service : Bike Share promotes alternative transportation


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Bike Share stations are strategically placed throughout Mountain View to offer local residents and visitors, particularly commuters, an alternative to driving.

Approximately two-dozen mint-green bikes glisten in the morning sun in front of the Mountain View Caltrain Station as pedestrians scurry to complete their commutes. The new Bay Area Bike Share bicycles are waiting for riders to give them a quick spin around town.

Launched Aug. 29, Bay Area Bike Share – an $11.2 million publicly funded pilot program administered and funded by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) in partnership with the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority – introduced 91 bikes to the streets of Mountain View via five docking stations. Strategically placed in areas adjacent to public transit and major business and residential hubs, Bike Share stations are located at the Mountain View and San Antonio Caltrain stations, Mountain View City Hall, the Evelyn Avenue Park & Ride and the intersection of Rengstorff Avenue and California Street.

At least two more docking stations are slated for construction in Mountain View by the end of the year. BAAQMD has submitted permit applications for four or five stations that would be installed during Phase 2 of the project, scheduled for early 2014.

BAAQMD adopted the project to reduce the number of bikes on public transportation by offering commuters an alternative to reach their destinations after disembarking from their primary modes of transportation. When the Bay Area Bike Share pilot program is completed, a total of 1,000 bikes will be available throughout 100 stations across the Bay Area.

Local residents may also use the Bike Share network as an alternative to driving for quick errands. At a cost of $9 per day, $22 for three days or $88 annually, the passes include unlimited rides under 30 minutes. If a rider fails to return the bike to a docking station on schedule, he or she pays a fee of $4 for every extra half-hour, up to $150 a day. With the system’s phone application, CycleFinder, users can check on the availability of bikes and parking spots at any station in the system in real time.

According to BAAQMD Grants Programs Manager Karen Schkolnick, the public’s initial reaction to the new Bike Share system has been resoundingly positive.

“Overall, it’s been very well received, and there seems to be a lot of support for this in the community,” she said. “We’re working to see how we can make sure that people who might be interested can engage in the program.”

Although no Bike Share docking stations are currently planned in Los Altos or Los Altos Hills, Schkolnick said the pilot could become a blueprint for future growth to service a wider audience.

For more information, visit bayareabikeshare.com.

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