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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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Stanford Electric Works finds new home, customer base in Mtn. View: Business Profile


David Wu/Special to the Town Crier
Stanford Electric Works’ relocation from Palo Alto to Mountain View promises a new, wider customer base, according to co-owner Chris Machala.

It’s been several months since Stanford Electric Works relocated from Palo Alto, its home for nearly a century, to Mountain View, but the electric installation and fixtures company is steadily finding business again.

A complication with the store’s property on High and Everett streets in Palo Alto prompted the move last December.

Stanford Electric Works co-owner Chris Machala had owned a quarter of the Palo Alto property, but one of the other property owners wanted to sell. They sold the property for $3 million to the owner of California Skin Institute, a chain of dermatology clinics, forcing Stanford Electric Works to pack up shop and settle elsewhere.

“The building had too many owners, and one of the partners wanted out,” Machala said. “A doctor made an offer – it was a large offer and it was fair – (and) the building we were in was sold.”

Despite moving operations after nearly 100 years in Palo Alto, Stanford Electric Works hasn’t had much trouble with the transition.

A new showroom at 126 San Antonio Circle with an updated look coupled with a new, wider customer base, have eased the relocation.

“We’re getting a lot of positive responses,” Machala said. “There’s still room for improvement, but business has been OK. A lot of our old customers are following us, and we’re gaining new customers from Mountain View, Los Altos and Sunnyvale.”

According to Machala, the company has maintained the same level of business in Mountain View as in Palo Alto, offering supplies for do-it-yourselfers, interior decorators and contractors, and advice for those looking for electrical installation, service and repairs.

“We’re very happy to be here,” he said. “We like the location, the town. We hope to continue growing and getting to know our neighbors more and go for another hundred years.”

For more information, call 323-4139 or visit stanfordelectricworks.com.

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