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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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Real estate poised for better year

The housing market in Santa Clara County experienced a bounce-back year in 2013, and realtors expect 2014 to be just as good or even better, according to Moise Nahouraii, broker/owner of Referral Realty in Cupertino.

Nahouraii, a member of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors (SILVAR), recently shared data with other members of the local trade association, revealing signs of a healthy market in Santa Clara County. Nahouraii’s data reported 1,765 single-family homes and condominiums/townhomes for sale in October 2013, up 32 percent from October 2012.

“We are doing better and selling a lot more,” he noted, adding that closed sales have also greatly improved.

Nahouraii’s findings showed that of the 12,373 total home sales closed between Nov. 1, 2012, and Oct. 31, 2013, only 11.6 percent were distressed sales (REOs and short sales), compared with 29.2 percent the previous year and 50.5 percent in 2009.

More than half (53.7 percent) of all homes sold at prices between $500,000 and $1 million.

In addition, the median price for a single-family home in October 2013 was $778,500, compared with $450,000 during the downturn in October 2009. The highest median home price during the peak years was $800,000.

Sales of condos and townhomes are also coming back strong – but not because single-family homes aren’t selling, Nahouraii noted. He pointed to the low available inventory, while more condos and townhomes are being built.

Nahouraii listed declining county unemployment numbers as another sign of good things to come. An examination of employment figures before, during and after the recession indicated that Santa Clara County experienced a faster pace of recovery compared with the rest of the state and the nation. The county, with a population of 1.7 million and a labor force of 923,400, shows a 6.4 percent unemployment rate – lower than the statewide unemployment rate of 8.7 percent and the 7.3 percent rate nationwide.

According to monthly labor force data for all counties in California, based on October 2013 figures, Santa Clara County is among the top 10 counties in California reporting the lowest unemployment rate.

The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors provided information for this article. For more information, email Rose Meily at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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