Mon10202014

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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Prep softball & Water Polo

In one of the closer games on the Peninsula this season, Mercy-Burlingame downed Pinewood 9-8 last Tuesday to remain atop the Private Schools Athletic League with a 7-0 mark. Second-place Pinewood (6-2 league, 8-4 overall) started off shaky, allowing three runs in the first inning and trailing 6-1 after four frames.But thanks to a two-RBI triple by Kacey Scheppler, run-scoring single from Andrea Hajjarian and several walks, the Panthers cut the deficit to 6-5 in their half of the fifth. "We broke it open a little bit," said Pinewood Coach Christy Eustice. The Panthers' Kari Burnett then led off the next inning with a double and scored the tying run.Runs piled up for both teams in the seventh: Mercy scored three, but Pinewood could only answer with two, thus suffering its second loss to the league leaders this season. The Panthers' downfall was leaving nine runners stranded on base.On the pitching end, Scheppler (6-3) struck out nine and allowed five hits. From the plate, she raised her average to about .500 with a 3-for-4 performance (triple, double, single and three RBIs).Pinewood bounced back against Valley-Dublin on Thursday with a 10-4 victory. Leading the hit parade was Scheppler with three (and 15 Ks from the mound) and Ali Harvey with two. In Saturday's nonleague action, tough Menlo downed the Panthers 8-1.Although Pinewood couldn't crack Mercy during the regular season, it may get a shot at them in the Central Coast Section playoffs ­ if the Panthers qualify. Eustice said her team must win the rest of its league games (plus Saturday's nonleague meeting with Sacred Heart Prep) to contend for an at-large berth.

ADD SOFTBALL: In last weekend's Mission City Invitational, Los Altos (21-5 overall) beat Mitty 1-0 in the second round, but lost to Presentation 3-0 in the quarterfinals and again to Mitty 2-0 in the semis. Eagles Yma Garcia and Sabrina Quintero made the all-tournament team.Mountain View (17-6-1) also had a run-in with eventual Mission champ Presentation, losing 4-3. In league action last week, St. Francis got two hits apiece from Cindy Hirsch and Saskia Gazenbeek and strong pitching from Catherine Hallada to knock off Los Gatos 3-0. The Lancers are 3-3 in league.

GIRLS WATER POLO: St. Francis was the only local team to qualify for last week's Santa Clara Valley Athletic League playoffs. The Lancers downed Monta Vista 5-3 in the opening round on Wednesday, but lost to powerhouse Menlo-Atherton 12-4 the following day. Against Monta Vista, a strong defensive effort ­ led by goalie Sarah Wilhalm ­ pulled the Lancers through, said Coach Steve Yamamoto. St. Francis goal scorers included Crystal Melin (two), Ashley Scheel and Andrea Canning. But in the battle for third place ­ and a CCS playoff spot ­ Homestead beat St. Francis 6-4 on Friday, thus ending the Lancers' season with a 7-4 record.

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