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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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Police seek public's help in home burglary attempt

A Truman Avenue resident’s frightening encounter with a burglar prompted Los Altos police last week to ask members of the public to step forward with information that could lead to an arrest.

Los Altos Police Sgt. Cameron Shearer told the Town Crier that investigators are asking residents who may have been near the intersection of Fremont and Truman avenues at approximately 1:43 p.m. Dec. 27 to provide any information that could help identify the burglary suspect. He is described as a 6-foot-tall Latino male in his 30s, wearing boots and a green construction safety vest.

In addition, Shearer noted, police are seeking details about the suspect’s getaway vehicle, described as a white “construction type” van with a sliding side door and no rear passenger windows on either side. Shearer noted that the victim was unable to provide a description of a second male who was sitting in the driver seat of the van, which was parked within view of motorists traveling along the Truman and Fremont avenues intersection at the time.

Shearer said the Truman/Fremont intersection was experiencing heavy traffic at the time of the attempt – known commonly by police as a “hot prowl” burglary. He specifically noted that “probably 30 cars passed by the van” during the time.

“That intersection was completely backed up at Fremont and Truman. … We’re hoping that maybe somebody saw something,” Shearer said.

According to Shearer, the suspects parked the van near the intersection before one of them approached a nearby house and knocked on the door. When no one answered, the suspect kicked open the front door and accessed the home, only to run into the homeowner when he entered one of the bedrooms. The suspect subsequently turned and fled the residence without taking any items.

Shearer added that investigators are specifically interested in learning more about the identity of the second suspect – the driver. They are also seeking more details about the van – specifically whether it may have had a company logo, or if anyone from the public may have seen the van at a nearby construction site earlier that day.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Los Altos Police Department at 947-2770.

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