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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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News Briefs

News Briefs

Preschool move to church site OK’d by PTC

The Los Altos Planning and Transportation Commission (PTC) last week recommended approval for the relocation of a preschool and day care facility to the grounds of Foothill Covenant Church at 1555 Oak Ave.

The item is expected to go before the Los Altos City Council for final approval at an undetermined date.

“Who can be against a church and a preschool?” Commissioner Ken Lorell asked prior to his Jan. 23 vote, eliciting laughter from supporters who spoke in favor of the school’s relocation effort.

The PTC voted unanimously in favor of the use permit and design review application that essentially relocates the Mountain View Los Altos Parent Education Program from the Mountain View High School campus to the Foothill Covenant Church property.

Plans call for the construction of three portable classrooms and two playgrounds on a vacant lot next to the church.

“This is really in line with what we’re interested in doing, which is being a resource to our community,” Foothill Covenant Church Pastor Hans Eric Nelson told the commission.

An accompanying traffic report concluded that the school’s relocation would increase traffic on Oak Avenue by less than 1 percent.

School officials noted during the presentation that the facility would include student drop-offs and pickups on-site.

In addition, the facility will employ staggered start and finish times for the twice-daily sessions to minimize traffic conflicts with nearby Mountain View High and Oak Avenue schools.

“I see this as the best possible way of integrating what I think is an important, valued part of our community into a good location for it,” Commissioner Phoebe Bressack said.

Under the conditions of approval, the facility has a cap of up to 102 students per day. The facility, according to the city staff report, typically hosts two class sessions, capped at 48 students each, per day. The facility also offers a third session once per week in the late afternoon.

Commission OKs office building at 467 First St.

The PTC last week unanimously voted to approve an office-building project slated for the corner of First Street and San Antonio Road.

The project, which calls for the construction of a 15,000-square-foot office structure on the sites of The Barking Lot, Burger Town and a former Chevron Gas Station lot, will head to the Los Altos City Council for final approval at an undetermined date.

The landslide vote came approximately two months after the commission rejected a parking variance by developer Southgate Partners LLC because the project lacked parking spaces needed to meet city code requirements by seven spots.

At the time, several commissioners expressed concern that allowing the project to move forward with a variance would increase the already high demand for parking downtown.

However, the second time proved to be the charm for the project. It returned to the commission with a 315-square-foot reduction in building size and a reconfigured underground parking garage that netted an additional six spaces, allowing the three-story, 42-foot tall project to meet its 51-space requirement.

The project includes a new parking management plan for the property, which features a handful of tandem (two-car) parking spaces for office tenants, and a redesigned plaza feature at the corner of San Antonio and First.

– Diego Abeloos

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