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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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Mtn. View Briefs

Calling all teens for Open Mic Night

The city of Mountain View Recreation Division and the Youth Advisory Committee invite local teens to perform at the next Teen Open Mic Night, scheduled 7-9:30 p.m. Friday at Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., Mountain View.

Interested performers in grades 6-12 can reserve a spot by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with their performance type, contact information, school and grade. Performers may also register that night if space is available.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the Recreation Office at 903-6331, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit mountainview.gov.

Mountain View hires CIO

The city of Mountain View in November appointed Roger Jensen the city’s first chief information officer/information technology director.

City officials selected Jensen from a pool of more than 130 applicants. He has more than 25 years of experience in the technology field, most recently as senior vice president for technical operations at AlphaDetail Inc. in San Mateo for seven years. Jensen will report to City Manager Dan Rich and earn an annual salary of $173,000.

“As the home to some of the world’s leading technology companies, Mountain View has a very tech-savvy constituency,” Rich said. “I felt it was time to take our city’s technology services to the next level with focused, senior leadership of this critical function.”

According to Rich, Jensen has the “perfect combination” of technical and interpersonal skills to lead the IT department.

“His collaborative style, management skills and understanding of Silicon Valley will allow us to enhance our internal operations and technology services to the public in a cost-effective manner,” Rich said.

Jensen, a Mountain View resident, earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and an executive master’s degree in business administration from Santa Clara University.

Jensen will head the city’s IT department, overseeing planning and maintaining and managing the city’s information systems and communication networks.

“I am very excited for this opportunity to join my city’s management team,” he said.

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