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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Join in! Art is under way in Los Altos


Courtesy of Jenni Tellefsen
Lina Tellefsen created an art origin story with "Dive In."

Los Altos resident Lina Tellefsen, 11, is the latest citizen-artist to respond to SFMOMA's "art instructions" in the Town Crier. She rose to the challenge this week when Jessica Stockholder asked readers to think about where art comes from, and to collect objects that can reorganize into a greater whole.

Lina said that there is so much plastic floating in the ocean – polluting the waters and harming the sea life – that she wanted to use the plastic caps to portray all the plastic in the ocean. She titled her piece "Dive In," inspired by Matisse's artwork "The Swimming Pool".

Los Altos resident Carol Hug tried her hand at two different collections, juxtaposing plastic containers and even koalas. Ready to imagine up your own response to the prompt? You can find the full instructions for each art action collected here on our website, and also find the original instructions by paging through any issue of the Town Crier published in January. Readers are sending us their work via emails to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by dropping off evidence of their art at our office. 

20140122 192231Explore SFMOMA's tumblr page to find other submissions from local creators. You'll find Morgan M.'s reimagination of the Venn Diagram – he made a spin on artist Chris Johanson's challenge to "write a thought inside the shape. Create more shapes, with each one intersecting another, and continue to write thoughts inside those shapes."

pg3 artIf you follow the images in a spiral from the bottom left, you see a line of thought coiling into the center. The images are all produced by a script he wrote in Python. The act of creation was the programming itself, which then generates the visual output.

He wrote to SFMOMA, "I pulled the raw thesaurus information from the Roget's Thesaurus hosted by Project Gutenberg. The prompt said to think of something then think of something else but I figured a computer could do that for me. It picks a random word, then looks for words related to that first word, then it randomly chooses among the synonyms and uses one of them as the new starting point to repeat the process, checking each time to make sure that it hasn't looped back into a word it already used."

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And the Town Crier is still looking for hawk-eyed local hunters – artist Alec Soth has challenged Los Altos to a treasure hunt, and it requires nothing but shoe leather and a way to take pictures. Soth, a photographer, wants to see what locals come up with if they follow his own artistic process: explore the area with a particular list of prey in mind. See what you find. He wants to know if residents can find and photograph:

1. Airplanes
2. Beetles
3. Cashiers
4. Dark corners
5. Fungus
6. Milk
7. Sleeping children
8. Tunnels
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10. Yellow clothes

Extra points for combining subjects in one picture – he’d love to see a supermarket cashier in a yellow uniform selling milk!

As you create away, don't forget to share your projects with the community. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , visit the Town Crier office or upload your photos at sfmomalive.tumblr.com/

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