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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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Police Blotter

DUI arrest

Dec. 14, 3:57 a.m., West El Camino Real and Grant Road: Police stopped a 30-year-old male motorist for driving at speeds exceeding 80 mph and later determined that he was under the influence of alcohol. He was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

Package thefts

Dec. 14, 12:56 to 2:35 p.m., 2500 block of Deodara Drive and 1700 block of Granger Avenue: An unknown suspect stole mail packages left on the front porches of two homes. Police believe the same suspect may be responsible for both thefts.

Dec. 15, 4:47 p.m., 400 block of Cypress Drive: An unknown suspect stole six packages left on a home’s front porch, plus other mail.

Dec. 17, 9:14 p.m., 100 block of South Clark Avenue: An unknown suspect stole a package containing a toy piano valued at $100 from a home’s front porch. Police, who noted that the theft occurred sometime between noon and 7:45 p.m., later found the packaging strewn in front of a home on Springer Terrace.

Dec. 17, 9:35 p.m., 300 block of Verano Drive: An unknown suspect stole a package from a home’s front porch between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. The victim declined to file a police report.

Injury accident/DUI

Dec. 15, 12:23 a.m., South El Monte Avenue and Foothill Expressway: A 62-year-old female motorist crashed her MINI Cooper into a light pole and was transported to Stanford Hospital with moderate injuries. Responding officers determined that the driver was driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. She was cited and later released from police custody.

Underage DUI

Dec. 15, 1:54 a.m., 100 block of North San Antonio Road: Police stopped a male motorist under the age of 21 for a moving violation and determined that he was driving under the influence of alcohol. He was cited and later released from police custody.

Auto burglary

Dec. 15, 1:13 p.m., 1100 block of Covington Road: An unknown suspect smashed the front passenger window and stole an iPhone from a vehicle.

Solo accident

Dec. 17, 12:30 a.m., 600 block of Distel Drive: A male motorist crashed his Bentley into a tree located in the middle of a cul-de-sac. Police said alcohol was not a factor in the accident.

– Diego Abeloos

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