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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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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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Foothill wins two games, first by forfeit

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It’s doubtful the Foothill College women’s basketball team will get an easier win than Friday’s. The Owls won by forfeit due to suspensions that left Chabot with only three eligible players.

“I’ve never had that happen before,” Foothill coach Jody Craig said. “But it couldn’t have come at a better time. The players are mentally and physically drained and need time to regroup before the playoff run.”

Craig has great expectations for the Owls, who rank No. 2 in Northern California. Friday’s forfeit victory, coupled with a 66-55 out-of-division win over Ohlone two days earlier, boosted their record to 22-4 overall.

Host Foothill limited Ohlone to just 20 points in the first half and played the caliber of defense Craig has expected.

“I think we made some real strides defensively,” the coach said. “We held a team to 55 or less in a game – which is one of our goals – and it was a good offensive team.”

The Owls led by 13 at intermission, making a trio of 3-pointers to end it. Addie Schivo nailed the first trey, followed by fellow guards Raeshel Contreras and Stephanie Agostini.

“Closing out the half like that was huge,” Craig said. “It was a pretty good punch in the face.”

Foothill extended its lead to 47-24 five minutes into the second half, but Ohlone (17-6) wouldn’t go away. The visitors cut the deficit to eight with three minutes left and traded baskets with the Owls until the 45-second mark, when Devin Brown broke the press for a layup that put Foothill up 10.

“That took the wind out of their sails,” Craig said.

Schivo finished with a game- and season-high 29 points to lead the Owls and Agostini added 12. Contreras had 10 points and three assists in her first game back from a knee injury.

“She’s about 75 percent but still makes a difference,” Craig said of her point guard, who logged 15 minutes. “She did well.”

Foothill, tied for first in the Coast Conference North Division, is scheduled to visit Las Positas 5 p.m. today.

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