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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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These shoes are made for walking : European Cobblery bids downtown Los Altos farewell in early 2014


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Steven Oberhauser and his family are scheduled to close the European Cobblery at 201 First St. in early 2014 after more than 25 years in downtown Los Altos.

The new year will serve as a new chapter for one longtime Los Altos business.

The European Cobblery is scheduled to vacate its retail home at 201 First St. after 27 years in downtown Los Altos. The family-owned business’ final day is Jan. 31.

Stephanee Oberhauser, who manages the store with her husband, Steven, and father, Paul Roth, told the Town Crier that her family attempted to relocate the business to another retail space in the downtown area but simply couldn’t find a location that met their needs. Oberhauser politely declined to discuss the circumstances that led to the need to move the business.

“That was our first goal, to stay here,” said Stephanee, who recalled the day her father opened the First Street location when she was 9 years old. “This was certainly a hard decision.”

Still, she added, all is far from lost. The Oberhausers will join other family members to run the family’s Palo Alto shop at 410 California Ave., which opened in 1982.

Stephanee said the closing of the Los Altos location is really more of a consolidation of resources. She hopes the extra few miles to the Palo Alto cobblery won’t be too far to deter longtime Los Altos customers from making the trip in the future.

“It’s not like this is a situation where we’re going out of business or something,” she said. “Collaborating with my family to run the Palo Alto store just makes more sense.”

The change will also benefit her father and mother, Desiree Roth, who are working to open a new European Cobblery location in Campbell in 2014. The new location will shorten her parents’ commute significantly. They made the trek from their home in Morgan Hill to Los Altos for many years.

“They’re putting their energy into the new store in Campbell, so they’re jazzed about that,” Stephanee said. “One door closes, another door opens.”

Steven readily conceded that his family will miss the familiar faces – customers and nearby retailers alike – they have become accustomed to encountering on a daily basis over nearly three decades.

“I’ve been working for Steph’s parents since, gosh, I was 23,” Steven said. “It’s a place where we’ve been established a really long time, so it’s hard to give it up.”

For more information, visit europeancobblery.com.

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