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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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Jobs childhood home receives historic listing


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After a two-year review process, the Los Altos Historical Commision officially gave Steve Jobs’ childhood home a place on the city’s Historic Resources Inventory.

The childhood home of the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is now officially a piece of Los Altos history.

The Los Altos Historical Commission’s two-year review of the property at 2066 Crist Drive concluded in a matter of minutes last week with a unanimous vote to designate the home a historic resource and list it on the city’s Historic Resources Inventory. The vote came after the commission held a public review of its findings in late September.

“It’s just taken a long time and effort in the making,” Commissioner Kristin Baker said prior to the vote. “I’m glad we’re here today.”

According to the report, the Crist Drive house – currently occupied by Jobs’ stepmother and listed under the ownership of the Jobs Trust – is widely considered the birthplace of Apple Inc. Among other things, Jobs, who died in October 2011, and Steve Wozniak assembled the company’s first 50 Apple I computers in the ranch-style home, built circa the 1950s. Wozniak and Jobs met while attending Homestead High School.

Commission Chairman Frank Bishop credited his colleagues for their work in completing the two-year project, noting that its historical information rivaled publications that chronicled the storied history of Jobs’ work and Apple computers. The commission report’s cited sources include county and state records, the Stanford University Library’s Department of Special Collections and the authorized “Steve Jobs” biography by Walter Isaacson.

“The documentation looks very complete,” he said with a grin.

The designation, according to Los Altos Senior planner Zach Dahl, adds an extra level of review by the Historical Commission should the Jobs family seek future exterior modifications to the home. Interior modifications are not subject to that regulation, he noted.

In addition to its Historic Resources listing, a staff report on the property noted that it “does appear eligible for designation as a Los Altos Historic Landmark and potentially eligible for listing on the California Register of Historical Resources and the National Register of Historic Places.” However, pursuing such designations would require additional documentation and support from the property’s owner. Listing the home as a Historic Resource does not require the homeowner’s prior approval.

As previously reported in the Town Crier, Dahl told the commission during its September review of the report that Jobs’ sister, Patricia Jobs, contacted him to get involved in the matter after learning of its work to designate the home a landmark. At last week’s meeting, however, Dahl told the commission that he has remained in contact with Patricia Jobs since and worked with her to refine the report but “did not get any comments back” from her prior to the commission’s final vote.

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