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News

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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JOHN LEWIS PUTZ

OBIT JohnPutz

John Lewis Putz, 93, a resident of Los Altos Hills and Los Altos for 45 years, died peacefully on Tuesday morning, November 12th, surrounded by his family. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, John was raised in Spooner, Wisconsin where he grew up on his family’s farm, attending elementary school in a one room school house. Upon graduation from high school he enrolled in the University of Wisconsin, where he received a Bachelor’s degree and lettered in fencing. After serving as a Communication Officer for the Army in the Pacific during WWII he moved to California to attend graduate school at Stanford University.

It was there that he met his future wife, Mary Ann Bardin from Salinas. They were married in 1947 and he received his Doctorate of Engineering degree in 1951. The couple remained in Palo Alto raising their four children while John worked at General Electric and then Varian Associates for 31 years. He was a leader in early Silicon Valley electronics specializing in microwave vacuum tubes. He attained the position of Senior Scientist and was awarded several patents on microwave tube designs. Even past retirement he continued working in the industry with Varian, training and consulting well into his seventies. After Mary Ann’s passing in 1984, he was lucky to find a wonderful companion in Ethel Middleton, and they spent many years traveling together. Throughout his life John shared his love of music with his family, teaching them the ukulele, banjo, mandolin and guitar, and there are many fond memories of nights filled with singing folk and “hootenanny” songs with his children and grandchildren. After retirement and up until his last days he continued to follow his passion for science by developing computer programs as a hobby. John is pre-deceased by his wife of 37 years, Mary Ann Putz, and survived by his four children, Christine Patton (Richard) of Santa Cruz, Bradley Putz of Sonora, Sandy Lynn of Eureka and Steven Putz (Laurie) of Santa Clara, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather and will be greatly missed. A private family service is planned.

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