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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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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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Woz spouts geeky wisdom at Celebrity Forum

Wozniak

Self-professed geek Steve Wozniak entertained the audience at the Celebrity Forum Speakers Series Jan. 24, sharing his philosophy of happiness at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on the De Anza College campus.

“H equals S minus F,” Wozniak said. “Happiness equals Smiles minus Frowns. That’s what life’s all about.”

Speaking from the Flint Center stage, Wozniak recalled how he attended UC Berkeley but enrolled in night classes at De Anza, making it an especially “great feeling being on this stage.”

Wozniak co-founded Apple Computer Inc. with Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne in April 1976. The Apple I was their first product, but Wozniak’s more successful Apple II was the last he ever designed. Today, teams design computers.

Most of Wozniak’s presentation covered his early days before he met Jobs.

“I grew up a geek and I loved to write about computers and became a social outcast,” Wozniak said.

Involved in pranks decades ago, Wozniak owned the first Dial-A-Joke service in the San Francisco area, receiving more than 2,000 calls a day. In 1973, he began working for Hewlett-Packard Co.

While attending Homestead High School, he met another prankster: Jobs. They undertook outlandish projects, such as calling the pope and designing a pet rock. They also built the first digital blue box, enabling them to make illegal toll-free calls.

Wozniak and Jobs made a great team: Wozniak knew electronics and how to make things work, while Jobs knew how to sell things with his marketing skills.

During the post-speech question-and-answer session conducted by moderator Dick Henning, Wozniak mentioned that he had wanted to be a teacher because he cared about young people.

“You should give back to the institutions that gave you a start in life,” he said.

One audience member asked about his appearance on “Dancing with the Stars.”

“They talked me into it,” Wozniak said. “It’s hard to train the muscles four hours a day, six days a week. I practiced and, for a geek, I was lucky to be on the show.”

Wozniak offered a brief comment on the death of Jobs: “Our last conversations were all reminiscent of the old days.”

For tickets and more information, visit celebrityforum.net.

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