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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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LAH Council Preview

The Los Altos Hills City Council is scheduled to meet 5:30 p.m. Thursday at town hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road. A reception to honor the town’s new council-selected mayor and vice mayor will follow. Below is a roundup of agenda items.

Committee presents results of Westwind search

After interviewing six vendors interested in assuming control of Westwind Community Barn, the interview committee is scheduled to present the results.

According to a memorandum issued in advance of Thursday’s meeting, the committe will recommend that two vendors, Torie Dye of Fremont Hills Country Club and Laura Stevens of Heather Hill Riding Academy, advance to the bidding phase.

The new vendor will be responsible for operating commercial boarding at the barn, in addition to Parks and Recreation riding programs, Pacific Ridge Pony Club horse leasing, facility scheduling, private lessons and portions of the 4-H equine services.

Sheriff’s contract up for renewal

Los Altos Hills’ 10-year contract with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office expires June 30, prompting staff to recommend renewing the agreement for law enforcement services.

Based on services provided, the Los Altos Hills Finance and Investment Committee found that contracting with the Sheriff’s Office is “comparatively low cost.” The Sheriff’s Office projects a per capita cost of $122 to provide services during the 2013-2014 fiscal year, the lowest among all communities served by the office.

Los Altos Hills budgeted 15.77 percent of its general fund for law enforcement services, slightly more than $1 million for fiscal year 2014. The Sheriff’s Office has served the town of Los Altos Hills since its incorporation in 1956.

Purissima Creek project set for construction

Approximately 1,200 native plants may soon replace poison hemlock, periwinkle, English ivy and other invasive species that populate a 2-acre stretch along Purissima Creek at O’Keefe Preserve in Los Altos Hills. If approved, the $155,000 project will begin in January and conclude in June.

A $98,425 grant from the Santa Clara Valley Water District, $34,200 from the town’s capital improvement account and an $18,848 in-kind contribution will fund the project.

Student volunteers from Bullis Charter School will participate in the planting along the banks of Purissima Creek during the native species restoration phase of the project.

Guardrail project aims to make Taaffe Road safer

Prompted by safety concerns from neighbors following a March 2012 accident along a sharp curve on Taaffe Road, the Planning Commission recommended the installation of a guardrail near the intersection at Elena Road.

If approved, project funding, estimated at $29,600, will come from the street capital improvements budget.

– Ellie Van Houtte

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