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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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FHDA seeks volunteers for bond oversight committee

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District seeks district residents to serve on its Measure C Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee.

Volunteers are needed to fill two-year terms in four capacities:

• At-large representative

• Taxpayer association representative

• Business organization representative

• Foothill-De Anza auxiliary organization representative

The seven-member committee reviews expenditures associated with the $490.8 million bond measure approved by district voters in 2006 and reports annually to the public and the board of trustees on the implementation of the Measure C bond program.

The committee meets quarterly. New members would be seated in January.

Applicants must reside within district boundaries, which include the cities of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Cupertino, Sunnyvale and parts of San Jose, Santa Clara and Saratoga. District employees, contractors, consultants or vendors are not eligible to serve.

The application deadline is 5 p.m. Nov. 15. Applicants should email a résumé that includes home address and a cover letter explaining their qualifications and which of the four categories they would represent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

“I have enjoyed serving on the committee because I have had the opportunity to work with interesting and intelligent people, both fellow committee members and staff members of the colleges,” said Chairman Dudley G. Andersen. “I’ve been able to represent the community by providing oversight and feedback on the use of bond funds to create facilities that bring the colleges continuing recognition as leaders in community education and also offer exceptional learning environments for students.”

Members who will be leaving the committee at the end of the year include Andersen, at-large representative; Robert Lancefield, taxpayer association representative; David Bergman, business organization representative; and Anita Manwani Bhagat, auxiliary organization representative.

Continuing on the committee are William Dietz, senior citizens’ organization representative; Susan Silver, at-large representative; and Etienne Bowie, student representative.

For more information, call 949-6100 or visit measurec.fhda.edu.

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