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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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Community Briefs

LWV speaker series under way

The League of Women Voters of the Los Altos-Mountain View Area hosts a monthly “Lunch with the League” speaker series 11:30 a.m. the third Friday of the month at Ristorante Bella Vita, 376 First St., Los Altos.

Friday’s luncheon will feature a presentation by Mountain View Public Works Director Mike Fuller on the “North Bayshore Sea Level Rise Study.” The Mountain View City Council commissioned the study to determine the implications of climate change in the low-lying North Bayshore area, home to Google Inc., Microsoft Corp., the Computer History Museum and Shoreline Park.

Future speakers in the series include State Assemblyman Rich Gordon and Tomi Ryba, CEO of El Camino Hospital.

For reservations and more information, visit lwvlamv.org.

Domestic violence topic of library forum

Women SV Network founder Ruth Patrick is scheduled to discuss “Domestic Violence in the Affluent Community” 7-8 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Patrick’s presentation will touch on the form abuse takes in affluent areas; its impact on survivors, their children and the local community; where to go for help; and what community members can do to help.

The nonprofit Women SV Network, a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation, aims to raise awareness about domestic violence and spousal abuse in middle- to upper-income areas.

For more information, visit losaltoscf.org/womensv.

Antiques show returns to Hillview center

The New California Country & More Antiques Show returns 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday to Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

The annual show features items in a variety of styles, including American country and folk art, California Rancho, Spanish Colonial, Spanish Revival, Mexicana and American Indian.

Antiques and collectibles available for purchase include formal furniture, quilts, pottery, toys, signs and decorative, architectural, garden, rustic, mercantile, holiday, circus sideshow, cowboy and Indian, Old Mexico and mission-style items.

Food, including freshly baked apple and pumpkin pies, will be available for purchase at Pinky’s Grill, an all-volunteer effort that benefits the Los Altos History Museum.

Admission is $15 for those who enter at 10 a.m., $10 for those who arrive after 11 a.m. Children 12 and under are free with a paid adult admission.

For more information, call (626) 437-6275, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit californiacountryshow.com.

Linden Tree hosts author of Vietnam book

Author Dennis Dunivan is scheduled to discuss his nonfiction book chronicling a teenager’s escape from Vietnam 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

Dunivan’s “Escape from Communist Heaven” (Sentient Publications, 2013) tells the true story of Viet Nyugen and his escape from South Vietnam. Only 14 when Saigon fell, the teenager was the son of a Vietnamese intelligence officer, making his situation precarious. He was arrested and sent to one of the labor camps spread throughout the country. His captors believed that once they controlled everyone, they would have reached “Communist Heaven,” but Nyugen wouldn’t bend and found a way to escape, risking his life again to flee his country and find freedom.

Dunivan grew up in the Midwest and earned a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. He met Nyugen in London. After hearing his story, Dunivan moved into a Vietnamese neighborhood in London’s East End to document Viet’s trials. He finished the novel after traveling to Saigon to get a firsthand sense of Viet’s experiences.

The presentation is suitable for ages 13 and older.

For more information, visit communistheaven.com or lindentreebooks.com.

LAH Youth Commission hosts Halloween dance

The Los Altos Hills Youth Commission has scheduled the annual “Monster Bash Dance” for teens 7-10 p.m. Oct. 26 at the American Legion, 347 First St., Los Altos.

Local high school students are invited to dress in their spookiest Halloween costumes for the third annual event, which includes dancing, contests and refreshments.

Admission is $5. Guests should bring their high school identification cards to the event.

For more information, visit losaltoshills.ca.gov/city-government/community-calendar.

Library schedules scary stories for adults

The Los Altos Library has scheduled “Scary Storytime for Adults” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Program Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Retired children’s librarian Enid Davis will share scary folktales and urban legends in the spirit of the Halloween season.

The Los Altos Library’s “Save the Ugly Duckling: Keep the Art of Oral Storytelling in Los Altos” project sponsors the event. Davis is a Los Altos Library Commissioner and chairwoman of “Save the Ugly Duckling.”

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit sccl.org/losaltos.

Library sponsors talk on Sudden Oak Death

The Los Altos Library and the California Native Plant Society have scheduled the presentation “Sudden Oak Death Blitz: Results and New Discoveries” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in the Program Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Doug Schmidt, Ph.D., a researcher at UC Berkeley, will discuss the results of this year’s Sudden Oak Death Blitz, a collaboration of volunteer “citizen scientists” and the UC Berkeley Forest Pathology and Mycology Lab that maps the Sudden Oak Death pathogen.

Schmidt will outline new discoveries and how they will influence next year’s Blitz, as well as introduce SODMAP Mobile, an app that makes the Blitz data readily accessible.

The lab at UC Berkeley is pioneering research on the causes of Sudden Oak Death and developing solutions for identifying, containing and preventing the infestation.

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 948-7683 or visit sccl.org/losaltos.

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