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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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SFMOMA good for Los Altos: Editorial

Downtown Los Altos has long reflected its status as a bedroom community – low-key and sleepy. It was called “the Village” for a reason. The long-running joke was that you could hear a pin drop on Main Street after 5 p.m.

That’s changing, in a big way. Three-story buildings and new businesses have sprouted in the Village. The sounds of construction have replaced the silence, as condos, a boutique hotel, a rebuilt Safeway and office-retail space at First and Main streets are underway.

Now the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is here, making downtown Los Altos a cultural destination. Its “Project Los Altos” officially debuted Friday. The museum has chosen Los Altos to host one of several traveling exhibitions throughout the Bay Area while the museum, located at 151 Third St. in San Francisco, undergoes renovation.

With a big boost from Passerelle Investment Co., SFMOMA has scheduled numerous indoor and outdoor exhibits and programs, some of which involve community participation.

Consider SFMOMA’s presence an opportunity to be educated – and challenged – by the visuals and concepts the artists present. The artists, in turn, want to learn about us. Communication is a two-way street, and art is always about communication. For instance, filmmaker Mike Mills, who has set up shop at the Costume Bank on State Street, features interviews of children whose parents work in high-tech. The artist gleans their views on the future, and viewers learn what children are honestly thinking.

Another exhibit, Katerina Seda’s “Everything Is Perfect,” invites residents to submit unique facts involving “everyday attributes,” such as “the bluest eyes or the largest collection of salt and pepper shakers.” Seda will choose from the submissions, display them in her exhibition space at 359 State St. and publish a record book, similar to the “Guinness Book of World Records.”

Some of the pieces are whimsical, such as Jessica Stockholder’s painted Fourth and State streets intersection and Chris Johanson’s playful, inflated question-mark “sculpture” at Village Park.

The artwork exercises the mind – and the body, too. You have to walk around downtown to really see it. That means more “feet on the street,” a long-sought-after goal for downtown vitality. Thank you, SFMOMA.

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