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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Community Briefs

Christ Episcopal hosts documentary screening

Christ Episcopal Church is scheduled to host a screening of “High Ground,” an award-winning documentary, 6:30 p.m. today at the church, 1040 Border Road, Los Altos.

The film chronicles the story of 11 wounded warriors and one Gold Star mother who climb Mount Lobuche in the Himalayas while recounting their wartime experiences. “High Ground” cinematographer John von Seeburg will lead a Q&A with local veterans following the screening.

Admission is free.

For tickets and more information, visit highgroundchristchurch.eventbrite.com.

SPARC speaker addresses Obamacare

The South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition has scheduled author Sally C. Pipes to discuss health care at its next meeting, 6 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real.

Pipes, president and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute, is a vocal opponent of the Affordable Care Act. Her book, “The Cure for Obamacare” (Encounter Books, 2013), examines changes that could halt full implementation of the law. She will discuss what she considers a better alternative for effective health care.

Pipes regularly addresses national and international audiences on health care. Her opinion pieces have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and the San Francisco Chronicle.

For more information, visit sparcgop.org.

Kiwanis Club accepts grant requests

The Kiwanis Club of Mountain View Foundation is currently accepting grant requests for projects that meet a critical health or human care need in the city of Mountain View.

Grant requests should address the needs of children under the age of 18 or seniors 60 and over and have objectives that are time-specific and measurable.

Organizations submitting requests must show proof of 501(c)(3) status by providing a copy of their federal tax-exempt notification letters.

The club will consider requests for capital campaign projects that are consistent with its priority to provide services to low-income children, adolescents or seniors.

The deadline for submission of grant applications is Dec. 1.

Funds will be granted at either a January or February Kiwanis Club of Mountain View meeting.

Mail applications to Kiwanis Club of Mountain View, PO Box 607, Mountain View 94042.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit facebook.com/KiwanisMV.

Boutique fundraiser supports animal shelter

A pet and gift boutique fund- raiser is scheduled 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 16 at Palo Alto Animal Services, 3281 E. Bayshore Road.

The event will feature holiday gifts and products, raffle prizes, a silent auction, pet adoptions and refreshments.

The animal control agency, which provides services for Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, has been hit by heavy funding cuts over the past few years. Proceeds will directly benefit the shelter.

Palo Alto Animal Services and Hartfelt Hand-i-crafts co-sponsor the boutique.

For more information, call 496-5971.

Kiwanis Club sponsors Turkey Round Up

The Kiwanis Club of Los Altos, sponsor of the annual Pet Parade in May, seeks donations for its 2013 Turkey Round Up.

Kiwanis Club members will purchase and deliver turkeys to The Ecumenical Hunger Program in East Palo Alto so that families in need can enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

To donate, mail a check to Los Altos Kiwanis Club Foundation, PO Box 484, Los Altos 94023.

For more information, call 988-9900.

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