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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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Mtn. View Briefs

MV selects new economic manager

The city of Mountain View appointed Alejandro (Alex) Andrade economic development manager, effective Sept. 20. Andrade replaces Ellis M. Berns, Mountain View’s long-serving economic development manager, who retired at the close of 2012.

“Alex’s experience has given him a unique range of skills that will greatly benefit Mountain View,” said City Manager Dan Rich. “Economic development is important to the city’s fiscal sustainability. I am confident that Alex will be able to build strong relationships with the business community.”

Andrade brings more than 13 years of economic development, business recruitment and retention experience. He previously served as program officer for the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

Screening of ‘Bully’ film scheduled

The city of Mountain View Recreation Division and Youth Advisory Committee have scheduled a free screening of the documentary “Bully” 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts’ Second Stage, 500 Castro St.

The event, open to youth 13 and up, parents, teachers and youth program providers, is slated in honor of National Bully Prevention Month.

More than 13 million children nationwide are bullied every year, according to the Bully Project, making it the most common form of violence experienced by youth.

“Bully,” directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch, shines light on the topic, offering an intimate, unflinching look at how bullying has touched five children and their families.

Following the screening, the Youth Advisory Committee and the Community Health Awareness Council will facilitate a question-and-answer session.

Seating is first come, first served.

For more information, call the city of Mountain View Recreation Division at 903-6331 or visit facebook.com/mountainviewrecreation.

MV CERT stages drill Sunday

Several hundred members of Mountain View’s Community Emergency Response Team are scheduled to host a citywide drill 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

According to Lynn Brown, Mountain View’s Office of Emergency Services coordinator, the semiannual exercise engages neighborhood CERT groups in simulated emergency scenarios that sharpen their communications skills.

To date, more than 1.000 residents have graduated from the city’s CERT program.

During the drill, volunteers from seven or eight neighborhoods will assess their areas for damages that could result from a major winter storm and submit reports to the Emergency Operations Center at the Mountain View Fire Station.

Brown said participating ham radio operators would employ packet-switching technology to transmit email-like reports to the center.

For more information or to join CERT, visit ci.mtnview.ca.us/city_hall/fire/programs_n_services/cert.asp.

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