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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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Transactions

Los Altos

1820 Austin Avenue, Whitman Trust to A. & A. James for $2,000,000

1348 Fairway Drive, Barba Trust to Wnj Family Trust for $1,850,000

576 Lassen Street, J. & P. Sprout to F. & E. Yen for $825,000

129 North Gordon Way, Enriques Ventures to X. Luo for $5,000,000

1252 Thurston Avenue, Far Creek Properties to J. Pearl for $2,650,000

Los Altos Hills

12682 Roble Veneno Lane, Sacks Trust to D. Afar for $2,050,000

12896 Viscaino Road, Bathina Trust to Lai Trust for $2,680,000

Mountain View

529 Anza Street, K. Thomas to T. Jackson for $424,000

440 Bedford Loop #68, C. Lo to B. Ness for $760,000

956 Bonita Avenue #8, S. Sramek to L. Yuen for $660,000

75 Devonshire Avenue #9, M. & C. Young to J. Demartini for $700,000

953 Eichler Drive, Fields Trust to M. Barreno for $1,650,000

135 Eldora Drive, R. Brunner to G. Brauner for $1,025,000

1200 Lubich Drive, J. & L. Garrett to K. Moraes for $1,725,000

278 Monroe Drive #30, J. & A. Kyllonen to D. Hammels for $560,000

453 North Rengstorff Avenue #5, C. Torres to C. Choi for $415,000

888 Sierra Vista Avenue, P. & C. Ryan to S. Kabel-Eckes for $1,476,000

1976 Silverwood Avenue, Filin Trust to E. Gerson for $565,000

1588 Spring Street, Montoya Trust to M. Subramanian for $835,000

2702 St. Giles Lane, M. Leclair to U. Kirazci for $1,375,000

467 View Street, Schwartz & Cloar-Schwartz Trust to N. Nedeljkovic for $1,100,000

500 West Middlefield Road #94, A. Ahumada to J. Wong for $410,000

500 West Middlefield Road #98, J. Bloom to T. Wingfield for $420,000

Cupertino

915 Miller Avenue, S. & R. Erlach to Y. & M. Mehta for $1,165,000

20211 Patric Court, M. & M. Oberg to Z. Liang for $1,800,000

10430 Sterling Boulevard, Tseng Trust to G. Narasimhan for $1,010,000

Overall

Los Altos

Total sales: 5

Highest sale: $5,000,000

Lowest sale: $825,000

Average sale: $2,465,000

Los Altos Hills

Total sales: 2

Highest sale: $2,680,000

Lowest sale: $2,050,000

Average sale: $2,365,000

Mountain View

Total sales: 16

Highest sale: $1,725,000

Lowest sale: $410,000

Average sale: $881,250

Cupertino

Total sales: 3

Highest sale: $1,800,000

Lowest sale: $1,010,000

Average sale: $1,325,000

– California REsource

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