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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

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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Transactions

Los Altos

396 1st Street #19, Lennar Homes to P. & C. Frattini for $1,100,000

124 2nd Street #3, Grady Trust to Palermo Trust for $1,425,000

1475 Country Club Drive, Meyer Trust to T. & K. Surdey for $2,650,000

1665 Fallen Leaf Lane, Hoenig Trust to A. & N. Shah for $2,376,000

676 Hollingsworth Drive, M. Melenudo to G. Iaccarino for $2,950,000

196 Merritt Road, B. & K. Erickson to B. Lewis for $3,650,000

1060 Rose Avenue, D. Wilkie to S. & K. Straw for $1,650,000

226 Verano Drive, J. & D. Carosella to RMW Investment for $2,600,000

Mountain View

1937 Amalfi Way, Bartlett Trust to K. Stem for $1,145,500

956 Bonita Avenue #6, M. Ware to M. Yang for $700,000

280 Easy Street #511, X. & C. Nee to L. & L. Swensen for $475,000

2504 Katrina Way, Runge Trust to J. & S. Brennan for $1,605,000

530 Oak Street, R. Howery to E. & N. Rublee for $2,000,000

1918 Silverwood Avenue, K. Kratt to S. Lo for $560,000

Cupertino

20648 Celeste Circle, T. Doan to C. Ro for $480,000

20673 Celeste Circle, F. Liu to S. Guo for $491,000

8165 Hyannisport Drive, Wanke Trust to Safari Ventures for $1,200,000

10131 Linda Ann Place, Gill Trust to A. Vincent for $1,200,000

18624 Loree Avenue, J. Song to E. Hyun for $900,000

10145 McLaren Place, J. & R. Earl to T. Ma for $1,600,000

20210 Patric Court, Wright Trust to B. & L. Watson for $1,575,000

10715 Peninsular Avenue, J. & W. Hurst to G. Prakash for $985,000

10370 Plum Tree Lane, D. & V. Alzofon to R. Kamath for $1,300,000

22652 Silver Oak Lane, Penny Trust to A. Dash for $872,000

10200 Sterling Boulevard, C. Do to W. & C. Do for $254,500

10408 Sterling Boulevard, Thompson Trust to J. Ranatunga for $839,000

19503 Stevens Creek Boulevard #217, S. Ha to J. Yuan for $715,000

19160 Twig Lane, F. Lesly to F. & R. Lin for $800,000

10823 Wilkinson Avenue, Mueller Trust to W. Li for $1,728,000

11857 Woodhill Court, Simon Trust to X. Wang for $1,550,000

Overall

Los Altos

Total sales: 8

Highest sale: $3,650,000

Lowest sale: $1,100,000

Average sale: $2,300,125

Mountain View

Total sales: 6

Highest sale: $2,000,000

Lowest sale: $475,000

Average sale: $1,080,917

Cupertino

Total sales: 16

Highest sale: $1,728,000

Lowest sale: $254,500

Average sale: $1,030,594

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