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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Students raise money for Haitian school


Los Altos High School’s Haiti Solidarity Club continues to support its sister school in Haiti with fundraising events and trips to assist with construction of a new school.

SOPUDEP (Society of Providence United for the Economic Development of Port-au-Prince), the Haitian-founded and -run grassroots social agency, provides free, accessible education to adults and children and supports economic empowerment for the poor. Its goal is to use the power of education to improve the quality of life for the poorest members of the community and instill pride and hope for a better future.

The SOPUDEP School serves more than 800 low-income children from prekindergarten through 12th grade. Haitian Réa Dol founded the school, part of a broader local initiative that also supports Haitian women’s rights and economic independence.

The Los Altos High club is actively involved in supporting the school by learning about Haitian culture, history and politics and engaging the Los Altos community in their cause.

The connection between Los Altos High and SOPUDEP began in 2010 when students sought ways to help with relief efforts after an earthquake devastated the Caribbean nation. Seth Donnelly, Los Altos High civics teacher and member of the Haiti Action Committee, knew Dol from his many trips to Haiti.

Donnelly led the first delegation of students that traveled to Haiti to provide direct aid and help with construction of a new SOPUDEP School.

Since 2010, Los Altos students have raised more than $200,000 through rummage sales, silent auctions, concerts and other community events. Their efforts have provided the main source of funding for both the purchase of land and ongoing construction of the SOPUDEP School, according to Donnelly. Over the years, seven delegations and more than 100 Los Altos High students have traveled to Haiti to deliver donations and assist with construction.

Barry Groves, superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, traveled with Donnelly and 24 Los Altos High students to Haiti last February.

“My sojourn to Haiti was the most impactful experience of my 35-plus years in education,” he said. “The Haitians are so needy and at the same time remarkably appreciative and willing to do whatever it takes to improve their lot in life. I am so proud of the work that our students are doing.”

Another delegation of 28 students is slated to travel to Haiti next month.

Members of the Haiti Solidarity Club have scheduled a silent auction 2-4:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at First & Main Sports Lounge, 397 Main St., Los Altos. All funds raised go directly to support SOPUDEP and other programs that promise a better future for Haiti.

To donate to SOPUDEP, visit sopudep.org, click “Donate” on the program line and select your choice of organizations. Reference “SOPUDEP Los Altos HS” in the program line.

For information on the silent auction, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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