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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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Peninsula Symphony Orchestra names new interim director


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The Peninsula Symphony Orchestra last week named Andrea Temkin its interim executive director.

The board of directors of the Los Altos-based nonprofit orchestra appointed Temkin – described as a veteran nonprofit CEO and music education professional – in the midst of a severe financial crisis for the 65-year-old organization. In October, symphony board members learned that most of the group’s endowment and operating funds were missing, leading to the resignation of Executive Director Steve Carlton and a police investigation into the matter.

“We are extremely happy that we have been able to engage a well-known, seasoned arts management professional to guide the symphony’s continued recovery,” said Alan Bien, board chairman. “We have every intention of completing this concert season as planned.”

Temkin has 25 years of experience working with music and arts organizations, including the San Francisco Symphony, Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center, Nova Vista Symphony and Kaisahan of San Jose Dance Company. Her organizational management background includes program and strategic planning and implementation, program evaluation and fund development. Temkin has worked with a variety of entities during her career, including teaching musicians, artists, educators and educational institutions such as public school districts and alternative schools.

Prior to her role with the symphony, Temkin served as executive director for eight years at Mountain View’s Community School of Music and Arts. She has been the principal of AST Consulting Group since 2002, and most recently served as the Visual and Performing Arts program manager for the Alameda County Office of Education.

“The Peninsula Symphony is an accomplished area institution, performing music to the highest standards in locally accessible venues at affordable cost,” Temkin said. “Its Bridges to Music Program reaches schoolchildren throughout the Peninsula. I’m honored to be trusted with the task of helping the organization return to firm financial and administrative footing.”

Ongoing investigation

Los Altos Police Capt. Andy Galea told the Town Crier last week that the police investigation into the organization’s missing funds is ongoing. The symphony board announced that orchestra supporters and members have raised more than half of the 2013-2014 budget to continue its programming. The symphony’s concert season opened in late October.

“It’s really amazing and impressive,” Temkin said of the fundraising effort to keep the organization afloat. “My understanding is they raised most of that (money) in about five days.”

Temkin said the organization will continue to actively fundraise to overcome its sudden financial troubles so that it can continue to offer free concerts to the public – including more than 50 annually for children in schools in East Palo Alto, Redwood City and other Bay Area cities that lack music programs.

“We don’t want to let those things go,” she said, adding that funding is also being sought for its Bridges to Music educational program. “It’s important for us to continue to serve the community.”

For more information, visit peninsulasymphony.org.

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