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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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Satisfy game-day cravings with a homemade snack


Photos Courtesy of Blanche Shaheen
Blanche Shaheen created an online tutorial for making Spicy Roasted Chickpeas.

Do you plow through a supersize bag of chips while watching sports? Is there a stash of salty pretzels in a nearby drawer that you munch on as you addictively watch one Vine after another? Do you know the garlic-fry vendor at AT&T Park on a first-name basis?

If any of these descriptions ring familiar, then this recipe is especially for you. Middle Eastern-style roasted spicy chickpeas are perfect for those with a serious salty tooth. These spicy little legumes pack a high flavor impact. But there’s a bonus – the 8 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber in a half-cup serving mean that unlike potato chips, it’s impossible to nosh mindlessly without getting full.

Use canned or dried garbanzo beans that have been soaked overnight, making sure to rinse them and pat them dry before seasoning. I love to add these firecrackers of goodness to my salad in place of croutons for some extra flavor and a wallop protein, calcium and iron. The spices in these goodies are also beneficial. The cumin helps digest the fiber in the beans and the red pepper can help rev up your metabolism.

They are also super quick and easy to make – this recipe takes less time than driving to the grocery store to buy potato chips. You can use avocado oil, which has a higher smoke point, but I prefer the authentic flavor of olive oil. Using a really robust olive oil adds a nice, peppery finish to the snack. For the freshest olive oil, make sure that you look for a harvest date on the label. If there is no harvest date, then the oil could be a lot older than you think.

Blanche Shaheen is a food blogger and journalist who lives in Los Altos.For more recipes, visit feastinthemiddleeast.com.

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

• 1 can chickpeas, or 1 1/2 cups of soaked chickpeas, patted dry

• 2 tablespoons olive or avocado oil

• 1/2 teaspoon cumin

• 1/4 teaspoon paprika

• 1/2 teaspoon red pepper (or more if you can handle the heat)

• 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper

• 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

• Salt to taste

Preheat oven to 400 F. Combine chickpeas with oil and spices. Spread on cookie sheet and bake 30 minutes. Approximately 15 minutes into baking, stir chickpeas for even cooking. Serve immediately.

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