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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Transactions

38 3rd Street #107, Green Trust to R. Schroer for $1,398,000

2085 Crist Drive, D. Carelli to Loretz Construction for $1,405,000

78 Cuesta Drive, J. & K. Lyon to A. Crook for $1,270,000

5100 El Camino Real #303, Adams Trust to Wang Trust for $879,000

1161 Lammy Place, Ahrens Trust to B. Wilson for $2,598,000

1252 Lisa Lane, J. & P. Gardner to M. & Q. Cammarano for $1,870,000

35 Los Altos Square, J. Drake to N. Walsh for $1,117,000

538 Sequoia Drive, Pauline Trust to Netzel Trust for $1,700,000

743 Thorsen Court, Mcsweeney Trust to J. & R. Wunderling for $2,235,000

1461 Topar Avenue, P. Manners to T. & N. Hinrichs for $2,400,500

591 Torwood Lane, Dunn Trust to A. Kadiyala for $2,016,000

487 Tyndall Street #3, Flood Trust to Y. Tsai for $625,000

2015 Victoria Court, J. & R. Wunderling to R. & L. Benzion for $1,560,000

Los Altos Hills

27296 Byrne Park Lane, R. & B. Odea to Lenoski Trust for $2,800,000

25500 Crescent Lane, Weimar Trust to A. & M. Ahuja for $3,565,000

24802 Olive Tree Lane, A. Truong to Grau-Jones Trust for $2,000,000

22548 Ravensbury Avenue, R. Todd to D. & M. Zaumeyer for $1,375,000

Mountain View

505 Cypress Point Drive #52, Gribaldo Trust to Y. & S. Hu for $412,000

413 Del Medio Avenue, I. & C. Quiles to S. Shankar for $950,000

809 Leong Drive, M. & D. Gokhaie to S. Dinh for $680,000

550 Ortega Avenue #B330, J. Kim to M. Dickey for $758,000

550 Sierra Avenue, M. Potts to Kazemi Trust for $1,650,000

1191 Solana Drive, Fiegl Trust to J. Gainsley for $1,520,000

228 South Rengstorff Avenue, L. Perera to H. Ho for $808,000

968 Trophy Drive, Richma Trust to J. Hayes for $1,810,000

Cupertino

1084 Derbyshire Drive, Haworth Trust to V. Sankaran for $1,220,000

11703 Dorothy Anne Way, Gordon Trust to Ramaswamy Trust for $3,790,000

10109 Judy Avenue, S. Cimino to Y. Hao for $1,190,000

10378 Krista Court, Bruckstein Trust to J. Liu for $1,600,000

10160 Lebanon Drive, Caldwell Trust to S. & M. Ansari for $1,320,000

7817 Lunar Court, S. Taaffe to C. & B. Chuang for $1,350,000

872 Rose Blossom Drive, Jordan Trust to M. Venkateswaran for $1,350,000

18620 Runo Court, Putz Trust to Cheng Trust for $920,000

22648 Silver Oak Lane, F. Turbok to L. Li for $910,000

915 South Stelling Road, C. Yee to J. Raju for $1,355,000

7448 Wildflower Way, R. & G. Watson to S. Gangashanaiah for $1,150,000

Overall

Los Altos

Total sales: 13

Highest sale: $2,598,000

Lowest sale: $625,000

Average sale: $1,621,038

Los Altos Hills

Total sales: 4

Highest sale: $3,565,000

Lowest sale: $1,375,000

Average sale: $2,435,000

Mountain View

Total sales: 8

Highest sale: $1,810,000

Lowest sale: $412,000

Average sale: $1,073,500

Cupertino

Total sales: 11

Highest sale: $3,790,000

Lowest sale: $910,000

Average sale: $1,468,636

– California REsource

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