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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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Realtor group receives national award for program


courtesy of SILVAR
SILVAR president Carolyn Miller, from left, and executive officer Paul Cardu accept the 2013 Platinum award from the National Association of Realtors’ Nancy Suvarnamani and Furhad Waquad.

The National Association of Realtors recently honored the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors (SILVAR) with a Platinum award for its 2013 Global Business Council Achievement Program.

SILVAR was one of several groups recognized as a Silver, Gold or Platinum Council at the national association’s 2013 Conference & Expo. Out of more than 100 global business councils, five groups received Platinum Council status, the program’s highest distinction, for demonstrating exceptional commitment to building members’ awareness of the global and multicultural business opportunities in their local markets.

To help members reach out to a growing number of foreign buyers interested in purchasing property in the region, SILVAR formed a global business council at the beginning of last year. Council chairwoman Jennifer Tasto took the lead in planning global programs, hosting global education courses and building awareness of international business opportunities.

In the past year, SILVAR offered two Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) Institutes attended by realtors across the country. Upon completion of the weeklong courses and other requirements, 43 attendees earned their CIPS designation – 32 were SILVAR members. They were recognized for their efforts at a recent ceremony hosted by the National Association of Realtors.

SILVAR has also offered the national association’s At Home with Diversity certification course, EB-5 Visa workshop and other global programs and events. Last December, SILVAR hosted a delegation of Chinese government officials seeking to learn more about Silicon Valley’s real estate market.

This year’s conference, held in San Francisco Nov. 8-11, drew 20,000 realtors from across the country and around the world. Attendees engaged industry leaders and federal officials on realtors’ top legislative priorities and the obstacles and opportunities facing consumers, the real estate market and the economy.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served as keynote speaker at the conference general session and pledged her support for homeownership.

“One of the key elements of what it has meant to be an American is owning your own home,” said Clinton, who added that she is hopeful the country can “get back to putting the common good ahead of personal and political interests and find ways to bridge the divide” and “do no harm to or make life harder for middle-class families.”

The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors provided information for this article. For more information, email Rose Meily at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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