Mon10202014

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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Sports on the Side

Holiday hoops camp

Spartans Sports Camp’s second Coed Holiday Basketball Camp is scheduled 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 26-28 and 30-31 at Mountain View High. It is open to boys and girls in grades 4-8. Mountain View coaches and alumni will teach participants how to improve their shooting, ball handling, defense and other skills. Registration is $195; partial sessions may be prorated. To register and for more information, visit spartanssportscamp.com.

Tree for sports

The MVLA High School Christmas Tree Lot has opened at the corner of El Camino Real and El Monte Avenue in Mountain View. Hours are 4-7 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekends. Purchases are tax deductible; proceeds benefit the sports programs at Los Altos and Mountain View highs. For more information, visit mvlatrees.com.

Volleyball openings

The Aloha Volleyball Club, directed by Los Altos High girls coach Peter Kim, has open positions on several teams, from 12 Pink (Area level) to 18 Aloha (Power). For more information, visit alohavbc.com.

PONY up for baseball

Los Altos-Mountain View PONY Baseball registration has opened for the spring season. The league is for boys and girls ages 5-19. Practice begins in March and the season runs through June. To register and for more information, visit lamvpb.org.

Coaches wanted

Los Altos High seeks head coaches for varsity and JV gymnastics and varsity boys tennis. Email resumes to athletic director Kim Cave at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Mountain View High seeks head coaches for track and field and frosh-soph baseball. If interested, email athletic director Shelley Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Softball sign-ups

Mountain View-Los Altos Girls Softball is registering players for the spring season. The league is open to girls 5-16. No experience necessary; everyone plays. Clinics are offered to develop skills. To register and for more information, visit mvlags.org.

Chance at Cooperstown

The Los Altos-Mountain View PONY Baseball Mavericks, a Cooperstown Club Team for players 12-and-under, has scheduled tryouts 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Covington School, 201 Covington Road, Los Altos. Registration, required to try out, begins Friday. The team is slated to compete in Cooperstown, N.Y., June 14-20. To register and for more information, visit lamvpb.org.

Tennis, anyone?

The Los Altos Tennis Club seeks members. The long-standing club schedules several tennis matches through the year, along with charity and social events. If interested, email Sherry Barba at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For more information on the club, visit losaltostennisclub.com.

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