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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

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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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Community Briefs

Bunco fundraiser supports Fisher House

The Federated Women’s Club of Los Altos has scheduled “Let’s Play Bunco” 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

The fundraiser will benefit the Fisher House at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, which provides a temporary home for the families of hospitalized veterans. The event includes prizes, a raffle and a buffet lunch.

A $30 donation is requested.

For more information, call 948-3553 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

San Antonio Hills schedules yearly meeting

The San Antonio Hills Homeowners Association has scheduled its annual meeting 7:30-9 p.m. Feb. 12 at Los Altos Golf & Country Club, 1560 Country Club Drive.

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian is scheduled to speak. Residents of the Country Club area are encouraged to attend.

Sign-in and refreshments will begin at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit sanantoniohills.com.

WomenSV confronts domestic violence

WomenSV, the Los Altos Community Foundation’s support network for victims of domestic violence, has scheduled its second Women Rising event noon Feb. 14 at Main Street Cafe, 134 Main St., Los Altos.

The date coincides with the international One Billion Rising for Justice event, a day on which 1 billion women and men around the world pledge to confront the statistic that one in three women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime.

WomenSV, in collaboration with the Cardea Center for Women, At the Well and other women’s groups, invites local women and men to join with people around the world at the gathering, affirming their commitment to work together toward a world in which every woman and child lives in safety, peace and freedom.

Organizers invite attendees to bring a poem, song, flower or valentine to share what healthy love means to them: respect, forgiveness, patience, compassion, the sharing of hopes and dreams.

Space is limited.

RSVP by Tuesday by calling 996-2200.

For more information, visit womensv.org.

Docent discusses work of Matisse

Fine-arts docent Ellen Harden is scheduled to discuss the “Matisse from SFMOMA” exhibition 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Program Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Henri Matisse, the French Impressionist and Neoimpressionist painter, is known for his use of color and influence on the evolution of modern art in the early 20th century.

The exhibition, which runs through Sept. 7 at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, is on loan from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art while it undergoes renovation.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit sccl.org/losaltos.

MV Senior Center hosts Aging in Place event

The city of Mountain View and the Druker Center for Innovation have scheduled the third annual Aging in Place conference 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave.

The event will feature an array of seminars of interest to seniors and their families. Topics include “Is It Alzheimer’s or Is It Normal Aging?” “Living with Arthritis,” “Strategies for Success for People with Vision Loss” and “How to Get the Most Out of Your Golden Years.”

Admission is free. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Meeting on coexisting with coyotes scheduled

The Los Altos Hills Open Space Committee has scheduled a public information meeting on the behavior, biology and role of coyotes in urban ecosystems 7 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Los Altos Hills Council Chambers, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

Wildlife expert Camilla Fox, founder and executive director of Project Coyote, will be on hand to answer questions about the presence of coyotes in the local community and how residents can prevent conflicts between domestic animals and coyotes.

For more information, visit losaltoshills.ca.gov.

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