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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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Letters to the Editor

Merger solution makes sense

We thought the “Other Voices” column by Bruce Barton was spot on (“Solution for BCS/LASD – a merger,” Nov. 20).

It would benefit everyone in Los Altos to have this top-performing school join our top-performing school district as a magnet school. Bullis Charter School could continue its innovative programs and be open to all Los Altos School District students on a lottery basis.

There are highly successful examples of magnet schools in neighboring districts.

Christa McAuliffe School in Cupertino has a similar structure to Bullis Charter School. It is a K-8 grade school, asks for a substantial parental contribution to finance aides and field trips, requires parental involvement and features a curriculum stressing creative thinking and teamwork. Teachers are part of the Cupertino teaching force, but a parental committee helps select teachers suitable for this special program.

Palo Alto boasts Herbert Hoover Elementary School, which features back-to-basics education, while Mountain View is home to Mariano Castro School, with its dual Spanish/English immersion program.

The district would need to allow Bullis Charter School autonomy in its innovative programming. The Santa Clara County Board of Education could oversee the transition and make sure that the charter school maintains its identity.

If Bullis Charter School becomes an additional option for Los Altos students, we believe that the entire city would breathe a sigh of relief and be much more willing to support a bond measure to build the new schools we need.

We urge other concerned residents to contact the district, county and charter school boards with support for this innovative and excellent proposal by the editor of the Town Crier.

Emily and Jim Thurber

Los Altos

Unified school system could stop conflicts

Thank you for your thoughtful recommendation that the Los Altos School District and Bullis Charter School join together under one leadership, eliminate the monies spent for lawyers and concentrate on their mission to provide quality education.

Hopefully, the Los Altos School District and Bullis Charter School will focus their efforts to create one unified system for our schoolchildren and stop the petty bickering that inhibits unification.

Norbert Kordsmeier

Los Altos

Downtown’s rigid enforcement hurts appeal

I simply want to point out that Los Altos is sending strong mixed signals about welcoming visitors to its downtown during the holidays, especially when so much construction is happening on First Street.

Two weeks ago, I received a $51 parking ticket – while performing 10 minutes of volunteer work.

After discovering that my car had extended 3 feet into an unexpected and unseen “short” red zone adjacent to a green 15-minute parking space, I sent a request to have the citation dismissed along with photos.

I cannot understand how this red zone and citation is reasonable and am inclined not to visit downtown again. It’s not about the money – at least not for me.

Dana Hendrickson

President and founder

Rebuild Hope

Post office grounds need improvement

The post office at Loyola Corners needs urgent help with grounds maintenance. Could an article in your paper bring out volunteers to cut back weeds and improve the appearance from the street? At least you should find out why nothing has been done there for months.

C. Barber

No address given

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