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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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All-League Honors

Los AltosGIRLS SOCCERSanta Clara Valley Athletic League - De AnzaCo-most valuable player: Ronnie FairMost valuable forward: Kasey ClarkFirst team: Allison Loomis, Katherine Dunwoodie, Lauren Miller, Anne RippetoeSecond team: Cyndee Williams, Devon Miller

BOYS SOCCERSanta Clara Valley Athletic League - El CaminoMost valuable defender: Justin UsherFirst team: Mike Dayem, Jonathan Kaye, Greg Mitchell, Brian RutkinSecond team: Matt Accola, Stephen Gardner

WRESTLINGSanta Clara Valley Athletic League - De AnzaVictor Ambruso, Arne Anderson, Dan Bradley, Ted Cabaniss, Steve Chu, Ryan Duval, Willie Howard, Amir Noble, Gunars Turaids, Matt Young, Neal Yung

GIRLS BASKETBALLSanta Clara Valley Athletic League - El CaminoHonorable mention: Kristan Kovach

BOYS BASKETBALLSanta Clara Valley Athletic League - De AnzaFirst team: Terence LeeSecond team: Eduardo Miranda

Mountain ViewGIRLS SOCCERSanta Clara Valley Athletic League - De AnzaMost valuable goalkeeper: Jessica MorganFirst team: Stephanie Pike, Carlie WareSecond team: Allie Pitts, Jamie Mikkelsen

BOYS SOCCERSanta Clara Valley Athletic League - El CaminoMost valuable goalkeeper: Nick RossMost valuable offensive player: C.J. AndersonFirst team: Todd Robertson, Boyd Richard, John Maynard, Jon Zalisk, Eric RenaghanSecond team: Scott Ross, Galen Donaldson, Chad Newton

GIRLS BASKETBALLSanta Clara Valley Athletic League - El CaminoFirst team: Jennifer SantosSecond team: Cynthia SamHonorable mention: Denise Rees

BOYS BASKETBALLSanta Clara Valley Athletic League - El CaminoFirst team: Paul DavisSecond team: John Bull

Foothill CollegeWOMEN¹S BASKETBALLCoast Conference - SouthMost valuable player: Rae-Anne YipFirst team: Jackie Maristela, Kim Garcia

PinewoodGIRLS SOCCERPrivate Schools Athletic LeagueFirst team: Jill ShapiroSecond team: Isabella EscuderoHonorable mention: Kapri Merrill

GIRLS BASKETBALLPrivate Schools Athletic LeagueCo-most valuable players: Lauren Smith-Hams, Kacey Scheppler

BOYS BASKETBALLPrivate Schools Athletic LeagueMost valuable player: Court GardnerFirst team: Jeff SchramSecond team: Adam BinghamHonorable mention: Nouhad Husseini, Lund Smith

St. FrancisGIRLS SOCCERSanta Clara Valley Athletic League - De AnzaMost valuable midfielder: Jennifer MedinaSophomore of the year: Anna KrausSenior of the year: Lindsay TurnerFirst team: Katrina Dafnis, Julie Alderete, Robin RemmelSecond team: Hita Hassani-Azad, Lea Joaquin

BOYS SOCCERWest Catholic Athletic LeagueFirst team: Todd BarneySecond team: Alberto Cabanas, John Martin, Tom Gonzalez

GIRLS BASKETBALLSanta Clara Valley Athletic League - De AnzaFirst team: Cortney KeeganSecond team: Charlie Reyerson, Heather Goeddel-Kelly

BOYS BASKETBALLWest Catholic Athletic LeagueSecond team: Senque Carey, J.D. SimpsonThird team: Charles Tharp

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