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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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This hybrid lives up to the hype


courtesy of Ford
The Ford Fusion offers a comfortable ride and excellent handling.

While automobile manufacturers continue to titillate us with visions of an alternative-energy future at events like auto shows, they aren’t forgetting current customers.

Case in point: the Ford Fusion, new for 2013 and offered with standard internal combustion engine, gasoline-electric hybrid and plug-in hybrid. The 2014 models are out now.

We drove the in-between hybrid recently and were impressed.

The Fusion is a fully realized automobile with a pleasant, upscale interior, excellent handling, comfortable ride and attractive exterior. It sells for approximately $35,000.

The Fusion delivers more than 40 mpg in real-world press test-driving.

The window sticker actually claims 47 mpg city and highway, but there’s some debate over that and the rating might be a shade optimistic. Our number is right off the gauge of the San Francisco press pool car after it logged 600 miles with three drivers.

What we drove: Ford Fusion SE (the mid-range package), base price of $27,200, with the additional $2,250 luxury package including heated seats, navigation and rear screen for $1,695, and driver-assistance packages for $3,350, for total manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $35,010.

What we liked best: The 2-liter engine with electric motors delivers seamless acceleration, rated at 188 horsepower and 129 pound-feet of torque, through the continuously variable automatic transmission. The shift from electric power to gasoline was nearly imperceptible.

The Fusion’s interior trim – unlike some of its competitors’ vehicles – looks like that of a near-luxury automobile rather than a piece of experimental bench-test equipment.

Optional safety packages – park assist, reverse sensing, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping and cross-traffic alert – are welcome options on this mid-priced car.

What didn’t impress us: We’re still not fans of touch-screen interfaces to control the audio, navigation and climate systems, but the latest generation of MyFordTouch is a considerable improvement over the previous versions. We would encourage the designers to peek at what’s being done by the German companies, however.

The Ford center stack doesn’t convey the same luxury impression as the trim surrounding it.

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