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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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LEONARD EUGENE ORSAK

OBIT LeonardOrsak

1934-2013

Leonard Eugene Orsak, longtime resident of Los Altos, died on October 23, 2013, at the age of 78. Leonard moved from Deming, New Mexico, to the Bay Area to pursue a master’s degree in electrical engineering at Stanford University and to work in a co-op program at Stanford Research Institute. At SRI, he met the love of his life, Marjorie Lucas, to whom he was married for 50 years. Leonard and Marjorie had four children, Michael, Kara, Sari and Amy, whom they raised in Los Altos, where Leonard lived for 48 years.

Leonard was born on November 5, 1934, in Deming, New Mexico, the fifth child of Mary Anna Lukas Orsak and Cyril Paul Orsak Sr. Raised as a hard working farm boy, he graduated from Deming High School, where he lettered in football and was a Boy Scout and a member of the National Honor Society. He received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from New Mexico State University, while working at White Sands Missile Range. After moving to the Bay Area and completing his master’s degree at Stanford, Leonard enjoyed a career in engineering in Silicon Valley. He pioneered in the development of uninterruptible power supplies for mainframe computers, as well as designed electronics for satellites, seismology and wind power, at companies including Develco, Programmed Power, Franklin Electric, Liebert, Emerson Electric and U.S. Wind Power. He was also a graduate of the Program for Management Development at Harvard University. He truly loved engineering and felt fortunate to have found such a fulfilling career.

Throughout his life, and especially in his retirement, he passionately pursued woodworking and gardening. He was a man of great intellect and kindness and was a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by three children, Michael Colby Orsak and his wife Shirley Chu Orsak of Menlo Park, Dr. Kara Orsak and her husband Dr. Kary Karahadian of Fresno, and Amy Orsak Hurlbut and her husband Robert Satterlee Hurlbut of San Francisco. He is survived by his six grandchildren, Nicole and Megan Orsak, Lucas and Benjamin Karahadian, and Byron and Lucy Hurlbut. He is survived also by his sister, Anna Orsak Sloan of Deming, New Mexico. He was predeceased by his wife Marjorie and daughter Sari and brothers Joe, Cyril Jr., and John.

A celebration of Leonard’s life was held in Los Altos on November 3. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to New Mexico State University College of Engineering to support scholarships for future engineers (at http://fndforms.nmsu.edu/giving.php by selecting Electrical and Computer Engineering Scholarship).

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