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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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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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Town Crier's top 10 sports stories of '97

As local sports go, this was a year to remember. A lot of high school teams and individuals either won Central Coast Section championships or made serious runs at them. And one team surprised us by simply being competitive. The Town Crier's top 10 sports stories of the year appear below:

10) Freshman phenom - Los Altos High tennis player Lena Sherbakov may only be a freshman, but she certainly didn't play like one last fall. The Eagles' No. 1 singles player won 23 straight matches before losing in the quarterfinals of the CCS team championships Nov. 22. She took third in the individual championships later in the month.

9) Making a splash - The St. Francis High girls swim team routed the competition at the CCS finals in June. The Lancers racked up 279 points - a whopping 78 more than runner-up Mitty. Senior Adrienne Mattos accounted for 40 points, breaking a meet record in the 50-meter free style and nearly eclipsing the 200 free record.

8) Size doesn't matter - What the Mountain View High girls volleyball team lacked in height, it made up in heart. The Spartans didn't have great size at the net, but the team still managed to reach the CCS semifinals in November. Jodie Antypas, Melanie Usas and Annie Tepe were the key ingredients on a team that went 27-9.

7) What a kick - The St. Francis girls soccer team upset defending champion Presentation 3-1 to capture the CCS Division II title March 1. The Lancers (18-2) were the only team to beat Presentation all season. St. Francis standouts included Anna Kraus, Sarah Clemm, Jennifer Medina and Jackie Rodriguez.

6) Hill peaks - Los Altos junior Andrew Hill reached new heights in cross country, winning the CCS Division I title Nov. 18 at Crystal Springs. A week earlier, he cruised past the competition at the SCVAL De Anza Division league meet.

5) Air Carey - St. Francis basketball star Senque Carey practically carried the Lancers and earned CCS Player of the Year honors for his efforts. The junior set eight school records, scored more than 20 points per game and led the team to the CCS semifinals.

4) Hitting her mark - Mountain View long jumper Christine Chan didn't let a sore right foot slow her down at the CIF State Track and Field Championships. Chan jumped a personal-best 18 feet, 10 1/2 inches to claim fourth at the June 7 meet in Sacramento. The senior won the CCS title a week earlier at San Jose City College.

3) Wrestling with success - St. Francis wrestler Jason Olmos dominated all challengers last winter, finishing 35-0. The 145-pound senior breezed through the CCS and capped the season by winning the state title March 8 in Stockton.

2) A return to respectability - For the first time in a decade, the Los Altos High football team contended for the league crown. The team wound up tied for second in the SCVAL El Camino Division at 4-1-1, barely missing the playoffs. An administrative error forced the Eagles (4-5-1 overall) to forfeit three early season wins that would have guaranteed them a postseason bid.

1) Killing the competition - The St. Francis volleyball team finished the fall season as the state's top-ranked team, and for good reason. The Lancers went 34-3 and won CCS and state titles in Division II. Senior Niki Hartley was named National Prep Player of the Year by Volleyball Magazine. Desiree Rook, Anna Kleinsorge, Stacy Millichap, Kelly Corbett and Julie Mariani rounded out the all-star lineup.

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