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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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BRUCE CLARK

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A long and happy life ended at peace and at home on January 14th for Bruce Clark, a resident of Los Altos for over fifty-years. 

Graduating as an Electrical Engineer from Cal in 1942, his professional career spanned seven decades, beginning at Harvard during WWII, where his team developed radar technology.

After the war he worked at the AEC Cyclotron and Stanford. In 1951, he became part of the Digital Development Group at SRI International, working on projects as varied as “ERMA” (an early vacuum tube computer and the forerunner of e-commerce) and the Pioneer 10 space probe. These successes helped infuse him with an unflagging optimism.

In retirement, Bruce continued consulting work for SRI until the age of 92. He was an avid tinkerer. A true progressive, he read widely and until his last months, he gleefully debated current events, always with facts at the ready. He spent many days at the library training people in computer and internet literacy.

A proud, Calistoga-born native Californian, Bruce was the third child of Melcina May Baird  and Joseph Reece Clark, themselves children of pioneers who travelled the Oregon Trail. In 1953 he married Ilene Sandberg Clark, a co-worker at SRI.

Bruce and Ilene were among the first Los Altos Lutheran Church members. Ilene was active with music in the church while Bruce often helped with building upkeep and was a regular member at the men’s breakfast. As a father, Bruce has given his children an enduring bequest: abiding love, humor, the confidence to figure things out on their own and the drive to never stop learning. 

Bruce was predeceased by his dear wife Ilene to whom he was married for fifty-three years; by his sister Florence Hensill; and by his brother Wayne Clark. He is survived by his four children, David Clark, Jim Clark, Mae Clark, and Laurie Clark Bryson and his loving niece Joan Clark Brown.  Bruce has seven Grandchildren.

The family extends their deep appreciation to his hospice caregivers. A memorial service and celebration of his life was held at Los Altos Lutheran Church on Saturday, January 24th.

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