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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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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

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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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Letters to the Editor

Participate – for the sake of art

Last weekend, my wife and I enjoyed touring several of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s “Project Los Altos” exhibits.

We found the most interesting part in the back room of 359 State St., exploring the exhibit “Everything Is Perfect.” We talked at length with charming Czech artist Katerina Šedá. She is becoming widely known on both sides of the Atlantic for her installation art – she has done work at the Berlin Biennale, the Tate Modern, the University of Chicago and numerous other sites. She has brought to Los Altos a similar social artwork.

Her exhibit is a web-based framework in the form of a contest that challenges Los Altos residents to write what makes them exceptional.

Everyone is best at something – what is it? She creates a game that may be comfortable for children but can be a challenge for competitive adults. And what a great challenge it is to come up with something humorous and out of the ordinary! (One child claims to have the largest collection of roly-polys.)

Šedá asks us to share that uniqueness with others and complete the project by submitting a listing. The final artwork is created by residents, but only if we participate.

Mike McCusker

Los Altos

Spotlighting another ‘Festival of Lights’

Put down that turkey leg! Stop checking that list! The Lively Foundation’s “Festival of Lights” is here to remind you of the reasons for the season.

Lively’s “Festival of Lights” is a concert featuring songs, dances, theater and storytelling, all related to light in many holidays at the end of the calendar year.

After 15 years of applause from a dedicated following in San Francisco, The Lively Foundation will brighten the mid-Peninsula with the “Festival of Lights” 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Mountain View Masonic Center, 890 Church St.

Guest artists include elves, ribbon dancers, a dragon, Jonathan Clark on bass and dancers Julia Canavese, Amity Johnson, Vanessa Nudd and Etta Walton. I am the production’s choreographer and writer.

Forget about searching for parking – there is a lot of free parking around the Masonic Center and its own lot right behind the building – just let your little light shine. The “Festival of Lights” will renew your personal energy source.

Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 over age 65 or under 10.

For tickets and more information, visit livelyfoundation.org

Leslie Friedman Artistic director

The Lively Foundation

Mountain View

‘Master Tech’ offers valuable advice

One of my favorite Town Crier features is “Ask the Master Tech.” Warren McCord’s pragmatic advice is very useful to all drivers. We are indeed fortunate to benefit from his expertise.

I never miss reading his column, and I remind family members to do likewise.

Judy Fimmel

Los Altos Hills

‘Prime Time Dads’ available at Linden Tree Books

Thank you for that wonderful article on Len Filppu’s appearance at Linden Tree Books to discuss his book “Prime Time Dads: 45 Reasons to Embrace Midlife Fatherhood” (“Author touts joys, advantages of ‘prime time’ fatherhood,” Nov. 20).

Our only wish is that you could have mentioned that “Prime Time Dads” is available at our lovely brick-and-mortar independent bookstore!

Los Altos Town Crier readers can buy and order books at Linden Tree rather than going online to help keep a great children’s independent bookstore in Los Altos.

Dee Ellmann

Linden Tree Books

Los Altos

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