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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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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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LAHS hosts Science and Tech Week


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Los Altos High School’s annual Science and Technology Week exposes students to professionals who use science in their careers. Students discuss psychiatry with Dr. Melanie Watkins, above, during the 2010 Science and Technology Week.

Los Altos High School’s eighth annual Science and Technology Week is scheduled to begin Monday. Major innovators from the community will visit the campus to interact with students about careers in Silicon Valley’s high-tech fields.

Keynote speaker Adam Cheyer is founder and vice president of engineering for Siri Inc., the company that created the Siri app, a voice-activated digital assistant available on hundreds of millions of Apple devices. Cheyer is scheduled to speak 7:30-9 p.m. Oct. 23 in a presentation open to the community.

As a startup, Siri won the Innovative Web Technologies award at SXSW and was selected a Top Ten Emerging Technology by MIT’s Technology Review. Apple’s version of Siri earned the “Best Technical Achievement” award at the 2011 Crunchies Awards.

Cheyer also co-founded Change.org, an international community of 40 million members who “fight for what’s right” locally, nationally and globally. In addition, Cheyer co-founded Genetic Finance, which distributes machine-learning algorithms across more than 1 million CPUs to discover novel solutions to complex problems.

Objectives of Science and Technology Week – dedicated to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) – include: demonstrating the value of a math and science education to encourage students to take more math and science classes during high school; raising awareness of the variety of related career opportunities; highlighting the diverse backgrounds of current professionals; and inspiring students to think creatively and join the ranks of innovative thinkers for the next generation.

The speakers’ topics are designed to demonstrate how professionals overcame their own obstacles to pursue careers in the science field.

Speakers will share information on their current projects and describe how fundamental science affects their day-to-day work. They will explain how they prepared for their careers and how their own high school experiences influenced them to pursue science and technology beyond graduation.

Professionals scheduled to speak include representatives from Pixar, Foothill College, Intel Corp., Smule Inc., Mozilla, Stanford University and Facebook.

For a full schedule and more information, visit mvla.net/LAHS.

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