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News

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

BARBARA DARLING MERIDETH

1946-2014

Born in Palo Alto, raised in Los Altos, retired in southern Oregon. Survived by Peter James Merideth, sons Matthew, Jacob and John Merideth, the loves of her life.

She was a housewife who took great pride in her home, her surroundings and...

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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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Letters to the Editor

Why not share the grass at Blach?

Why can’t my child play on the grassy areas surrounding her classrooms during school? I can’t imagine a single reason why a child would be forbidden to play on the grass area at his or her school.

My fourth-grade daughter was attending the Bullis Charter School campus at Blach Intermediate School last week. During lunch and recess, though the fields were empty, she was told she could only play on the blacktop and that the fields were off limits.

I was flabbergasted when I went to the campus to help for lunch duty last Friday, only to see 150 children squeezed onto the blacktop that is used as hallways between the portables. When I questioned why they can’t go on the grass, I was told that charter school children can only use the grassy areas on Mondays and Tuesdays, not the rest of the week.

This makes no sense. Why on earth would adults prevent children from playing on the grass? Despite the differences between the Los Altos School District and Bullis Charter School, we should not use the children as pawns. Let’s keep the debate among the adults, and keep politics out of the playground.

Angela Rumi

Los Altos Hills

BCS needs site, but not site of existing school

In his Oct. 16 letter to the Town Crier (“Resident bemoans negative impacts of BCS”), Bob Moore accurately describes the years-long dispute between Bullis Charter School and the Los Altos School District. I will reiterate that I do not have an issue with the charter school’s existence in Los Altos.

Bullis Charter School continues to increase enrollment, dismissing the district’s attempts to rein it in because of restricted space and limited facilities in Bullis’ current locations. The charter school has acted aggressively by trying to usurp an existing school site, suggesting that the ousted student population be integrated into other district schools.

Finding ample space within the district’s boundaries is nearly impossible, but the charter school won’t budge when offered relocation to surrounding communities.

Los Altos Hills has more space available – perhaps that’s where its campus should go. Then the fields at both Egan Junior High and Blach Intermediate schools should be returned to mixed-use green spaces for the community.

Rebecca Hayman

Los Altos

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