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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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LAH Council Briefs

Following are highlights from the Nov. 5 Los Altos Hills City Council meeting. The next council meeting is scheduled 6 p.m. Dec. 12 at town hall, 26375 W. Fremont Road.

Town finalizes hazard mitigation plan

Councilmembers approved an updated Local Hazard Mitigation Plan last week, with the goal of ensuring peace of mind.

While not required under state or federal law, the plan enables the town to apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency matching grants that could fund flood control, fire prevention and/or seismic retrofitting measures.

Los Altos Hills City Manager Carl Cahill noted that though the $15,000 plan carries no immediate financial obligations, it will guide the town in determining whether additional research or financial investment is needed to protect critical public infrastructure.

Approximately 140 residents contributed to the updated plan by completing a public survey.

Railroad ties remain for another year

When the Fremont Road Safe Route to Los Altos Hills Schools project reached completion last spring, the project’s design aesthetics drew mixed reactions, specifically the choice of wood railroad ties to line the pathway. Some residents thought the ties looked unattractive, and cyclists expressed frustration about the ties limiting their escape routes should cars veer near them.

Despite the objections, the council decided that it’s too early to determine the fate of the landscape element.

Originally installed to protect vegetation along the pathway, the railroad ties protected young plants as intended, and also deterred parking along the path. Councilmembers agreed to allow the landscaping to mature for another year and resurrect the discussion in fall 2014, with recommendations from the Traffic Safety and Pathways committees.

Arastradero trail project opens

Neighbors in Los Altos Hills and Palo Alto now have one more way to connect after the $1.9 million Arastradero Trail Improvement Project opened Nov. 1.

The Stanford University-funded project included widened trail segments along Page Mill Road, bike lane striping and construction of new walking path segments along Arastradero Road that connect the trail across Interstate 280 to Purissima Road.

After receiving approval from the council in May 2012, the six-month project broke ground last spring, enabling enhanced access to open spaces along the Skyline Trail.

– Ellie Van Houtte

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