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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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News Briefs

Joint meeting plans prove BCS location a hot potato

The Los Altos City Council reluctantly vetted two requests to wade into the schools fray at its Oct. 8 meeting. A joint meeting scheduled Tuesday with the Los Altos Hills City Council may include discussion on how the cities might assist in negotiations between the Los Altos School District and Bullis Charter School.

“I’m not sure that we can have a productive, a fruitful, conversation on this,” Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins said. “I just don’t know what the advantage is of interjecting ourselves.”

Councilwoman Megan Satterlee noted that a separate committee was already pursuing site options for Bullis Charter School, echoing skepticism as to the role the council would play.

Councilmembers requested that if the issue is placed on the agenda, it should be scheduled after all other items have been resolved – likely curtailing conversation if the meeting is capped at one hour as planned.

Other items placed on the joint cities meeting agenda include shared funding for a new community and senior center, a joint sewer agreement, sidewalk construction on West Edith Avenue between Foothill Expressway and Cypress Drive and a proposal for a crossing guard to improve safety at the intersection.

Councilmembers also discussed an upcoming meeting with the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees. The council acceded to the district’s suggestion that they discuss skateable art, staggered start and end times at the Egan Junior High and Blach Intermediate school campuses, improving related traffic backups and a report on bike-to-school and walk-to-school programs.

The joint public meeting, not yet scheduled, will include two members of the Los Altos City Council and two officials from the Los Altos School District.

Councilwoman Val Carpenter suggested adding discussion of a school site for Bullis Charter School, but the idea didn’t win wide acceptance. Satterlee described raising the issue as akin to tossing a hand grenade.

MROSD receives award for environmental service

The Santa Clara County Chapter of the League of Conservation Voters is scheduled to honor the Los Altos-based Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District at its 20th annual Environmental Awards. The fundraising event is slated 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 23 at a private home in Monte Sereno.

MROSD will receive an award recognizing its 40 years of environmental service.

Founded by voter support in Santa Clara in 1972, MROSD’s mission is to protect the region’s green foothills. Portions of San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties later became a part of the district with the goal to create a regional greenbelt with other environmental agencies.

The district now spans 550 square miles and includes 17 cities and unincorporated areas, 62,000 acres of open space and more than 250 miles of trails.

Tickets to the awards are a $50 donation.

For reservations and more information, visit scclcv.org.

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