Mon10202014

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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SFMOMA officials preview Project Los Altos


Jerry Tomanek/Los Altos Rotary Club
SFMOMA’s Janet Bishop and Katie Tamony spoke to the Los Altos Rotary Club on Oct. 17.

With the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s “Project Los Altos: SFMOMA in Silicon Valley” slated to open next month, museum representatives visited the Rotary Club of Los Altos Oct. 17 to discuss the exhibition.

While SFMOMA undergoes extensive renovation, the museum has shipped some of its inventory for temporary installation at sites around the Bay Area. “Project Los Altos” runs Nov. 9 through March 2.

SFMOMA’s Janet Bishop, curator of painting and sculpture, and Katie Tamony, director of marketing and communications, previewed the exhibition, which features the artwork of nine contemporary artists, including two with local ties.

Charles Garoian, former art teacher at Los Altos High School and current professor at Pennsylvania State University, is among the participating artists.

A trilogy of videos by Jeremy Blake highlights the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, built by the eccentric Sarah Winchester, who owned the 100 acres that later became Los Altos.

The exhibition also comprises seven new commissions, including a film by director Mike Mills, who interviewed the children of local high-tech workers about their expectations for the future. Graphic artist Jessica Stockholder’s contribution, “Cross Hatch,” is already on display: She used the intersection of State and Fourth streets as her colorful canvas to showcase a geometric abstract painting.

Passerelle Investment Co. funded 20 artist videos to accompany “Project Los Altos.”

SFMOMA is conducting an extensive marketing campaign targeting audio, video, online and print media to publicize the exhibition. The museum’s members’ magazine describing “Project Los Altos” will reach 30,000 households, many are expected to visit the various works on display.

Tamony also spotlighted some of the SFMOMA on the Go exhibitions planned for other cities, including “Flesh and Metal: Body and Machine” at Stanford University’s Cantor Arts Center; “Beyond Belief: 100 Years of the Spiritual” at San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum; 23 pieces of SFMOMA’s Matisse collection at the San Francisco Legion of Honor; and eight monumentally scaled sculptures by Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field in San Francisco.

For more information on “Project Los Altos,” visit sfmoma.org/exhib_events/exhibitions/572.

Marlene Cowan is a member of the Rotary Club of Los Altos.

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