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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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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

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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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Milk Pail owner: No solution in sight


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The owner of The Milk Pail Market, a Mountain View mainstay, continues his standoff with developer Merlone Geier Partners over sale of the property.

The long-term future of The Milk Pail Market in Mountain View remains uncertain, despite a recent overture by its next-door neighbor, according to the market’s owner.

Steve Rasmussen told the Town Crier that his market at 2585 California St. continues to face a questionable future because of parking, or a lack thereof in the coming years. The nearly 40-year-old market has just five spaces onsite and depends on a pair of shared-parking agreements with neighboring tenants to augment its supply for customers. Those lots, however, will eventually disappear when developer Merlone Geier Partners begins work on the second phase of The Village at San Antonio Center project.

The Mountain View City Council reviewed the Phase 2 project last week, a session that revealed an offer from the developer to house Rasmussen’s market in a new building in the Phase 2 footprint on Pacchetti Way. Rasmussen, however, said he’s owned the market land “free and clear” for 25 or more years, allowing him to keep prices low for his customers.

“I had some misgivings about it,” said Rasmussen, who previously met with the developer to discuss alternate locations for the market, but to no avail. “It’s impossible for The Milk Pail to remain The Milk Pail, given the high (lease) rate that was offered.”

Merlone Geier’s second-phase mixed-use project calls in part for the construction of a 70,000-square-foot movie theater, 121,000 square feet of commercial space, a 150,000-square-foot hotel and more than 360,000 square feet of office space on a four-parcel, 9.9-acre site fronting San Antonio Road and California Street.

Rasmussen, who didn’t provide specifics about the offer, said he last communicated with Merlone Geier in August and is still “awaiting a response.”

Merlone Geier partner Mike Grehl said, “We continue to be hopeful the Milk Pail will be part of the project.”

Rasmussen said he believes there’s still time to work out a solution, noting that his parking agreements expire in approximately two years.

“So I have two years, I guess, to get my house in order,” he said.

Rasmussen added that he knew that his “world was going to be changing” when the developer originally purchased the old San Antonio Shopping Center site and had its Phase 1 plan – which includes a new Safeway store and 330 apartment units – approved by the council in June 2011.

Since that time, Rasmussen added, he and Merlone Geier met several times to discuss alternate locations for the market – including the former Dittmer’s Gourmet Meats & Wurst-Haus Inc. location at 400 San Antonio Road. He characterized the offers as “not sufficient,” adding that even if he accepted the offer for a new building on the Phase 2 site, no viable temporary locations exist for the market during construction.

“I have made many, many efforts to seek alternative locations,” he said, calling the cost of relocating the market “extraordinary.” “I’ve got two children in college, I’ve got 40 families that the Milk Pail supports because we offer our employees health care and a profit-sharing plan. There’s a whole community I feel responsible for.”

In the meantime, Rasmussen said he “truly appreciates” the support he’s received from customers and the Mountain View City Council, adding that he’ll continue to work toward a solution that has the market’s long-term interests in mind.

“I’m hoping that the Milk Pail finds a way to successfully survive this change that is upon us,” he said, “whether it’s surviving where we are or elsewhere in Mountain View.”

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