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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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Letters to the Editor

Regulate traffic near Blach school

We reside in Los Altos. We are requesting that the rules in place for “No Drop-Offs” at Carmel Terrace/Altamead Drive be enforced.

Before the “No Drop-Off” signs were installed, the corner was horribly dangerous for those of us who reside on these two streets.

The parents of these schoolchildren are breaking the rules. It has just gotten worse in the past year.

There is no school on these two streets – Blach Intermediate School is on Covington Road. We are now asking that the rules be enforced and that the school have meetings with parents and notify them that they are to drop off and pick up their children at the school their children attend.

We would also like to see a traffic light go up at Covington Road and Miramonte Avenue.

Miramonte is a major link between Foothill Expressway and Highway 101. The wear and tear on our vehicles and the total waste of high-cost gas is inexcusable. It is total gridlock in that area, and a terrible waste of time and added frustration because the “community” sees it “differently.”

Miramonte is a major thoroughfare, and there is absolutely no excuse or reason for not having a traffic light at that very congested intersection.

We hope to see these issued addressed immediately.

L. Sunland

Los Altos

Weigh performance of students from all schools

I appreciated Tom Fernstermacher’s well-written letter to the editor regarding school choice (“What does school choice mean to you?” Town Crier, Oct. 30).

I personally am not an advocate of charter schools unless they are inherently intended to provide students from a disadvantaged community the same standards of education and teacher training as those provided in our high-performing districts.

How this charter school ever garnered support for its inception and what its true intent was has always baffled me. How many of the children that were pulled from public school to attend local private schools or the charter school resurfaced at Blach Intermediate or Egan Junior High to continue their education? Surely, the numbers are available.

Do the teachers at these junior high schools note any distinction between the two groups? It’s time for them to weigh in on this for an accurate representation between the various systems.

I am grateful for the talented teachers who lent a hand to shape our future/current doctors, lawyers, engineers, electricians, social entrepreneurs, teachers, artists, tradesmen, etc., that comprise our geographical area.  

Sandra Beges

Los Altos

Help stop unwanted phone calls

I have registered on the “Do Not Call” list, but I am still getting many calls from various businesses that want me to buy their products.

I am on full-time oxygen and have many medications to take during the day. It is very difficult when I get calls and have to stop my medications and remove all the equipment, answer the telephone and find out that it is just someone wanting to sell me something.

This makes life very difficult for me.

I am not in the market for any of the things they are pushing, and I really object to be subjected to this kind of harassment.

Please tell me how I can stop these annoying calls. Thank you in advance for your help.

Rosemary Panec

Los Altos

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