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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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Office development plan navigates city approval process


Courtesy of City of Los Altos

Southgate Partners LLC submitted plans for a three-story, 17,156-square-foot office building at 467 First St. If approved, the structure would be built on the corner of First Street and San Antonio Road, former site of a Chevron gas station.

A development proposal for the construction of a downtown office building is making its way through the city’s approval process.

According to Los Altos Senior Planner Zach Dahl, Southgate Partners LLC submitted plans earlier this year for approval of a three-story, 17,156-square-foot office building at 467 First St. The project as proposed would include 16 surface-lot parking spaces and 29 parking spaces on one level of underground parking.

The structure would be built on land that includes the lot at the corner of First Street and San Antonio Road, former site of a Chevron gas station, in addition to parcels that house the Burger Town restaurant and The Barking Lot, a pet grooming and boarding service. The site also contains an alley owned by the city that would be sold to the applicant as a condition of final approval, Dahl said.

He noted that the development – if approved – could be a beneficial addition to the downtown triangle.

“It’s nice to see a development for a site that has been largely vacant,” said Dahl, referring to the empty corner lot. “Office use definitely provides more feet on the street for businesses in the downtown core.”

The project has already been through an initial study session by the city’s Planning and Transportation Commission and review by the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission in September, according to Dahl.

The project’s next step is to undergo the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review process. Dahl noted that previous owner Chevron conducted remedial cleanup work on the site in 2010 – the result of old underground gasoline tanks that contaminated water.

“That’s really what kept the site from being developed sooner,” he said.

Dahl added that he doesn’t foresee “too many issues” that can’t be mitigated during the environmental review. The Planning and Transportation Commission is slated to review the project again after the CEQA process – possibly in November – for a recommendation of approval before it heads to the Los Altos City Council.

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