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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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Parents, boys united in Gardner Bullis, Bullis Charter School Cub Scouts pack


Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Members of Cub Scouts Pack 78 line up for a group photo during a tour of the Town Crier last week.

Contrary to the rancor framing the Bullis Charter School facilities debate, Los Altos School District and charter school children – and their parents – are getting along just fine through their involvement in Cub Scouts Pack 78.

The relatively new pack – formed approximately five years ago – has been invigorated over the past year, growing from 17 boys to 65.

The expansion is due in part to the efforts of pack parents like Nancy Bremeau, Julian Ting and Mark Blair.

“In the beginning, it was a challenge,” said Bremeau, pack committee chairwoman. “Parents were saying, ‘We’re a combined pack with that school?’ So we said, ‘We’re going to build our own community.’”

Pack leaders stress inclusiveness. The first paragraph of the Pack 78 website states that the pack does not tolerate discrimination in any form.

Boys ages 6-11 (first- through fifth-graders) participate in a range of activities, from building and launching rockets to field trips to Castle Rock. Pack members visited the offices of the Town Crier last week.

Membership, Bremeau said, comprises virtually equal numbers from Gardner Bullis and Bullis Charter schools.

“A lot of us at Gardner Bullis are finding out that the pack has been a really good way to get to know each other,” Bremeau said.

Ting said parents and children from both schools have built a good camaraderie.

“This is a great example of putting the kids first,” said Ting, a charter school parent.

“It’s been such a positive thing for me,” said Blair, the pack’s cubmaster.

Unlike Boy Scouts, the Cub Scout pack encourages parents to stay at meetings and participate. And yes, they share school facilities use.

For more information, visit pack-78.com.

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