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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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Team effort propels Bobby Sox team to national tourney

Perhaps the best thing about Bobby Sox softball, according to Cathy DiLeonardo, is that if you're on the team, you'll get on the field.

"Everybody plays," said DiLeonardo, manager of the Mountain View Bobby Sox 4A Division All-Stars. "It's fair."

And in Mountain View's case, the 13 team members did more than just play. DiLeonardo said each one of them contributed to Mountain View's success this summer.

"It was every girl who made the difference for this team at some point or another," she said.

The team of 16-and-under players from Mountain View, Los Altos and Sunnyvale recently capped a season in which it "did the best any Mountain View team has ever done," DiLeonardo said.

After winning its district in dramatic fashion, the squad placed fifth out of 16 teams in the Bobby Sox National Tournament of Champions.

Mountain View went 2-2 at the double-elimination tourney, held Aug. 2-4 in Buena Park, and was the only team to knock off eventual champ Pico Rivera.

Mountain View's roster changed a little from the district to the national competitions - a few players had previous commitments - but others stepped up in their stead.

"They were incredible," said DiLeonardo, whose husband Carl was on her coaching staff. "They worked hard and everything turned out great."

Mountain View began the national with a pair of wins. The girls topped Claremont 10-7 in the opener, with half their runs coming in the first inning when they batted around.

"They came out hitting phenomenally," DiLeonardo said. "They did really well."

Mountain View then squeaked by host team Pico Rivera 2-1. Celeste Guasch helped preserve the victory by running down a long fly ball in the seventh inning with two outs and runners on.

"It was an incredible catch," DiLeonardo said. "I thought it was gone; the field didn't have fences."

Earlier in the game, Guasch stole home for what proved to be the winning run.

Mountain View was eliminated from the event with back-to-back losses to Lakeside and the same Pico Rivera team it beat earlier. Mountain View fell 7-1 to Lakeside and 8-2 to Pico Rivera.

In the district tourney, played June 29-30 in Milpitas, Mountain View won five of its six games to advance to the national.

DiLeonardo said Mountain View's "bats were alive" in the district competition.

Alicia Olmos totaled 10 hits to lead the team with a .588 batting average; Genny DiLeonardo hit safely in all six games (nine hits total) and led Mountain View in slugging percentage (.684); Briahna Rousseau, Caitlin Mulloy and Ellie Aragon each had seven hits; Stephanie Jackson blasted a grand slam; and Megan Keefhaver produced five hits.

The team's top pitchers for the season included Olmos and Keefhaver, with Ciara Mirana turning out what the manager described as "a gutsy" pitching performance in the district tourney.

Also helping out along the way with clutch plays in the field and at the plate were Venice Higareda, Patty Garnero, Dana Schmitz and Lindsay O'Hearn.

With such a young team - the players were all between the ages of 13-15 - DiLeonardo said Mountain View should be able make another run at the national title next summer.

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