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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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SCCAOR appoints new president


Photo courtesy of SCCOAR
The Santa Clara County Association of Realtors named Myron Von Raesfeld, pictured above with his wife, Pam, its president earlier this month.

The Santa Clara County Association of Realtors (SCCAOR) earlier this month named Myron Von Raesfeld the organization’s new president.

Von Raesfeld was installed along with other officers and members of association’s board of directors at a Jan. 17 luncheon. He succeeds 2013 President Carl San Miguel.

“I cannot help but be excited and eager for our industry in this coming year,” Von Raesfeld said. “Interest rates are predicted to remain low throughout the year, the job market is looking great for Santa Clara County, the national economy is beginning to improve and we have a terrific board of directors to lead this powerful association.”

Von Raesfeld said his goal as the association’s new president will be to focus on the association’s members.

“If it doesn’t do something for our members, I’m not interested in working on it,” he said.

In addition to his duties as president-elect, Von Raesfeld volunteered for the association’s Professional Standards Committee, Government Relations Committee and Board of Realtors Political Action Committee in 2013. He also served as an ethics advocate. Last year marked his sixth year as Santa Clara County Association of Realtors director and fifth year as director of the California Association of Realtors.

Von Raesfeld, who serves as broker/owner of ClickHome Realty and RealSource Property Management in Santa Clara, brings nearly 30 years of experience to the association.

“We are always stronger when we have leadership that comes from real world, on the streets doing business, and that is what we have with our 2014 president,” San Miguel said. “(Von Raesfeld) brings 30 years of experience selling, listing and managing real estate, so we will be well represented in the coming year, keeping our association strong and a community player.”

For more information, visit sccaor.com.

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