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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

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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CHAC offers healing, hope for troubled children and families



The Community Health Awareness Council’s employees and interns have more room to work following the organization’s move to a larger building earlier this year. Town Crier file photo

Radha Jagannathan, clinical services director for the Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC), went to a local bakery recently to pick up a cake for a co-worker who was retiring. The name CHAC was on the cake, prompting a bakery employee to ask, “Do you work at CHAC?” When she said yes, the bakery employee said, “I had CHAC in junior high and it saved my life.”

“I’ve heard that almost every time I go out there (in the community),” said Monique Kane, executive director of the Mountain View-based nonprofit. CHAC has provided counseling services for at-risk youth and families over the past 40 years. Its effectiveness has long earned the trust and respect of the Los Altos-Mountain View communities. CHAC has been a Town Crier Holiday Fund recipient since 2003.

The organization trains and supervises 80 or more interns at any given time, and supports 33 schools across Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View and Sunnyvale. With each intern handling anywhere between 10 and 30 cases, CHAC treats approximately 15,000 clients yearly.

Opened in 1973 to combat the emerging youth drug culture, CHAC addresses a wide range of problems – from anxiety-ridden students to bullying, alienation, broken families and substance abuse.

“We’re responsible for a lot of suicides that didn’t happen,” added clinical services associate director Rosine Ferber.

Whether through outreach to the schools or private conferences at their new headquarters on El Camino Real, CHAC staff and interns provide a safety net of health services on a sliding scale so that any individual or family can afford their help.

“I love the fact that we have an organization that can reach so many people,” Jagannathan said. She added that CHAC’s reputation draws the most highly qualified interns, eager to add the organization to their resumes.

There’s another major factor in CHAC’s success.

“We’re flexible,” said clinical supervisor Mary White. “We meet needs that arise in the community.”

CHAC supervisors noted that bullying – particularly online – and academic pressures have increased in recent years.

“Parents are pushing their kids so hard academically so they can go to good schools,” said clinical supervisor Michelle Manning. “The parents are, rightfully so, afraid that their kids are not going to make a living.”

CHAC’s move to its new location in July addressed a space need – the new headquarters is more than double the size of its previous location. And CHAC counselors are busier than ever – every room is put to use much of the time.

Financial constraints remain. Some programs have been suspended due to lack of funding. Looking ahead, Kane said one notable goal is transitioning CHAC’s board of directors into more of a fundraising board. She also wants to see stipends return to the interns.

For more information, visit chacmv.org.

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