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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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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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Community Briefs

Docent discusses Hockney exhibition

Fine-arts docent Jim Kohn is scheduled to present an illustrated lecture on “David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition,” the current display at the de Young Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 in the Program Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Many of the landscapes in the exhibition are of monumental proportions, including multicanvas oil paintings and large-scale digital movies shot with multiple cameras, some requiring as many as 18 monitors. “David Hockney,” which runs through Jan. 20, is the largest exhibition in museum’s history, featuring more than 300 works of art.

Los Altos residents Liz and Paul Nyberg, who visited the de Young last week, said they were “overwhelmed” by the exhibition. “He uses every art-producing tool there is – oils, watercolor, photography, videos,” they said. “What is most startling, he creates drawings with his thumb on a cellphone – and those are up on the wall.”

For more information on the exhibition, visit deyoung.famsf.org.

For more information on library programs, call 948-7683 or visit sccl.org.

Annual clothing drive supports Career Closet

Option 1 Staffing Services Inc., a Los Altos staffing agency, is partnering with Career Closet for its third annual women’s clothing drive.

Option 1 Staffing is collecting gently used clothes, shoes, jewelry, handbags and accessories to donate to the nonprofit Career Closet, which enables women to re-enter the workplace with the clothing and accessories they need to make a good first impression and land the job they want.

Drop donations at Option 1 Staffing, 4410 El Camino Real, Suite 110, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

For more information, call 941-5115.

Toys for Tots accepts donations

All Horizons Travel, owned by Maureen and Roy Jones, is serving as a collection station for the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program during the holiday season.

Residents can drop off new, unwrapped toys for underserved children at the agency, 160 Main St. in Los Altos, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays through Dec. 17.

Roy Jones, a retired lieutenant colonel who served in the Marines, has been involved with the Toys for Tots program since 1953.

For more information, call 941-5810.

LAH seeks donations for public sculptures

The Los Altos Hills Art in Public Places Committee, headed by Karen Druker, the town’s art curator, seeks donations from residents for a public sculpture program.

Among the targeted sites for sculpture installations are the town hall campus, Westwind Community Barn and Edith Park.

A book of photo examples of site-specific sculptures is available for residents’ inspection at the Los Altos Hills Town Hall reception desk, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

Committee members will investigate group funding options so that all residents can participate in some level of giving, but they welcome donations at any level, including funding for an entire site.

For more information, call 941-8073 or 941-7222.

Kiwanis Club collects for Turkey Round Up

The Kiwanis Club of Los Altos, sponsor of the annual Pet Parade in May, seeks donations for its Annual Turkey Round Up.

Each year, club members purchase and deliver turkeys to the Ecumenical Hunger Program in East Palo Alto so that families that need assistance can have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

To donate, send a check to the Los Altos Kiwanis Club Foundation, PO Box 484, Los Altos 94023.

Local artists display work at History Museum

The Los Altos History Museum’s contemporary art exhibition, “Los Altos – Moving Art Forward,” runs through March 23 at 51 S. San Antonio Road.

The project celebrates local artists with a juried exhibition in painting, photography, sculpture and mixed media. The display complements the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s off-site exhibition, “Project Los Altos: SFMOMA in Silicon Valley,” scheduled to run through March at various venues across the city.

Museum hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Admission is free.

For more information, visit losaltoshistory.org.

Homestay program needs host families

The International Student Placements program at Foothill and De Anza colleges needs host families for international students.

The program has placed students with local families for more than 20 years. Host families are asked to provide a private or double bedroom and share meals and kitchen privileges.

The arrangements start in August and end in June. Hosts are paid between $825 and $1,000 per month in two installments. Families may include singles or couples with or without children, retirees or empty nesters.

For more information, call Sarah Joy at (408) 464-7875 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

‘One Warm Scarf’ campaign underway

Los Altos resident Sandy Goldstein has launched her annual “One Warm Scarf” campaign to provide accessories to the area’s homeless residents. She collects used hats, gloves and scarves, and accepts donations of yarn.

To donate and for more information, call 968-2751.

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