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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

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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Gabby Giffords, Mark Kelly embody courage at Celebrity Forum appearance


Courtesy of Celebrity Forum
Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly kicked off the Celebrity Forum season last month.

Former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords and her astronaut husband Mark Kelly kicked off the Celebrity Forum Speakers Series Oct. 25 with a presentation that focused on working hard to make the world a better place.

In front of a packed house at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on the De Anza College campus, Giffords spoke a few words to the crowd after her husband spent more than an hour discussing his experiences as an astronaut.

“Gabby has difficulty with speech, so be patient with her,” Kelly advised.

Giffords continues to struggle with speaking and walking since she was shot in January 2011 in Arizona while meeting with constituents. Her right arm remains paralyzed from the bullet that went through her head. She undergoes speech and physical therapy to regain her faculties and continue serving the country.

After a short film clip, Kelly described his time aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour and the International Space Station, one of only two individuals who has visited on four occasions.

While preparing to command Endeavour, Kelly received a call from Giffords’ chief of staff that his wife had been shot but learned no other details. He had a friend fly him to Tucson on a private plane and arrived four hours after the assassination attempt.

Kelly spoke of Giffords’ recovery and shared several of their experiences leading up to her surprise return to Washington to vote in favor of raising the debt ceiling.

“After months of rancor and pettiness, one small woman brought Washington to their feet,” Kelly said.

Early in her recovery, Giffords had confidence that she would be able to travel to Cape Canaveral to witness the launch of her husband’s final shuttle mission, but it was canceled. After several launch delays, she was able to return to Kennedy Space Center for her husband’s May 2011 launch. Kelly wore his wife’s wedding ring into space and she wore his.

Near the end of the program, Giffords came onstage to hearty applause and a standing ovation.

“Thank you for inviting me. I am getting better and working hard to make the world a better place,” she said.

The “new Gabby” is tougher and stronger than before, according to Kelly.

“For the next five years, I just want to travel,” said Giffords, adding that she is optimistic they will sail around the world.

Kelly and Giffords held hands as they left the Flint Center stage. Giffords leaned over and touched the hands of people in the front row.

For information on upcoming speakers, visit celebrityforum.net.

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