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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Packard Foundation named Los Altans of the Year


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Packard Foundation President and CEO Carol Larson speaks at the 2010 groundbreaking ceremony for the foundation’s new building.

The Los Altos Town Crier has named the people of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation – founders, employees and board members – its 2013 Los Altans of the Year. Modeled after Time Magazine, the annual honor recognizes local residents or groups whose goodwill building and positive impact enhance Los Altos’ reputation as a quality community.

This year’s recognition deviates from past awards, which were limited to individuals or couples. But several factors played into the choice.

“The Packard Foundation’s presence in our community has existed for a long time, building goodwill through philanthropy,” said Town Crier Publisher Paul Nyberg. “The extent of its work around the world is mind boggling. Virtually every continent on the planet has felt the impact of the Packard vision.”

Next year will mark the foundation’s 50th anniversary. Led by president and CEO Carol Larson and a strong board of directors, the foundation continues to address worldwide issues such as curbing overpopulation and protecting the environment.

At the same time, the foundation remains committed to funding nonprofit organizations in its own backyard. Foundation members leverage their resources wisely, choosing to fund organizations and causes that make the most impact, while also supporting methods to assist organizations in improving efficiency.

According to its website, the foundation has $5.8 billion in assets and distributed appproximately $253 million in 2012.

The foundation operates by core values that include honesty, integrity and respect, values put forward by the Packards. It also leads by example.

Committed to conservation, Packard officials built their new downtown Los Altos headquarters at 343 Second St. to be self-sustaining. The building generates all the energy required for its operation, using state-of-the-art green construction. As a result, the 49,161-square-foot headquarters is currently the largest net-zero energy structure in the world. Foundation members hope others follow their lead.

Watch for the Town Crier’s full story in the Jan. 8 issue.

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