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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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LAH Council Preview

The Los Altos Hills City Council is scheduled to meet 6 p.m. Thursday at town hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road. Following is a roundup of items on the agenda.

Private roads deemed public

Following recent council discussion of the town’s responsibility for 138 private roads in Los Altos Hills, town staff have determined that at least 16 streets previously labeled private roads are actually public roads. An additional three streets were deemed partially public, and eight others require further research from the county to determine their status.

Although Los Altos Hills is not liable for failure to maintain private roads now considered public roads until they are officially accepted into the town’s city street system, if approved for inclusion by the council, the town will become responsible for maintenance.

Private streets now considered public include: Beatrice Lane, Briones Court, Christophers Lane, Country Way, Laurel Lane, Moody Springs Court, Normandy Lane, Olive Tree Court, Olive Tree Lane, Oneonta Drive, Rhoda Drive, Robleda Court, Templeton Place, Todd Lane, Tripoli Court and Willow Pond Lane. Private streets now considered partially public include Adobe Lane, Almaden Court and Miraloma Way.

If the council passes a resolution making the streets public, town staff will assess their current conditions and propose a five-year budget plan for capital improvements.

Upgrades proposed for Westwind arena

The council will review a proposal that calls for up to $57,000 in repairs to Westwind Community Barn’s lower arena, which has gone without any major maintenance since 2008.

Town staff noted that the base of the 20,000-square-foot riding arena has degraded to sandy material, and users are submitting complaints about the facility’s condition. If new base footing is installed, it is expected to last 10 years if properly maintained.

Funding for the project is available in the 2013-2014 town budget, according to the staff report.

Council to review investment report

Following the close of the fiscal year June 30, Los Altos Hills City Manager Carl Cahill asked the council to review and accept the town’s quarterly investment report. Cahill is responsible for investing town funds in accordance with rules set by the California Government Code for municipal governments.

According to the report, the town currently holds an investment portfolio of approximately $9.66 million, divided among the State Treasurer’s Local Agency Investment Fund, the California Asset Management Program and the Comerica Securities CD Program. The report noted that the town pursues a passive investment strategy that allows sufficient liquidity to provide for 10 months of town expenditures.

The town invested approximately 96 percent of its portfolio in U.S. Treasuries last year, yielding an overall return rate of 0.19 percent.

– Ellie Van Houtte

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