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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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Police Blotter


Los Altos man charged with assault, elder abuse

An elderly man allegedly assaulted at home by his son Nov. 12 remained hospitalized Friday, according to Los Altos Police. The suspect in the attack – identified by police as 52-year-old Amir Imanian – was apprehended later that day.

Detective Abe Velasco said police at 7:30 a.m. received a report of battery with bodily injury on an elderly male at a home on the 300 block of Juanita Way. The 92-year-old victim was transported to a local hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, Velasco added.

“This was a very sad and tragic incident that occurred,” Velasco told the Town Crier. “The police department takes elder abuse very seriously, and we are working closely with the district attorney on this case.”

The detective said the suspect had fled by the time police arrived at the home but returned that evening and was arrested without incident. Both parties live at the residence, Velasco said.

Imanian was charged with assault causing great bodily injury, elder abuse and criminal threats. He remains in the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

Mail theft arrests

Nov. 13, 8:27 p.m., Valencia Drive and Fountainbleau Terrace: Police arrested a 37-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man during a traffic stop for possession of stolen property – a felony. According to police, officers stopped the car for a minor traffic violation and discovered that the male driver was unlicensed. After obtaining permission to search the vehicle, officers discovered a notebook containing credit card account and other personal information from various individuals not associated with the two suspects. Officers also found a stolen credit card and personal check from one of the victims. The suspects were booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

Residential burglary

Nov. 13, 3:33 p.m., 1600 block of Grant Road: An unknown suspect broke into a home sometime in the late morning or early afternoon by smashing a window. The suspect stole several Rolex watches, laptops, credit cards and jewelry.

– Diego Abeloos

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