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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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Mtn. View girls eke out another victory

Photo R. Alan Hwang/Special To The Town Crier

Mountain View High’s Sharissa Estremera, front, celebrates Friday’s win.

The Mountain View High girls basketball team isn’t the biggest or best-shooting squad in the league, yet here the Spartans are – sitting in first place.

Mountain View has a knack for winning close games, like Friday’s 44-42 decision over Lynbrook. The Spartans’ last five games have been decided by four points or less, and they’ve won all but one of them.

“It’s all about determination for us,” said coach Judy Auclair, whose team improved to 5-2 in the SCVAL De Anza Division and 12-7 overall. “We never feel we’re out of a game – we just keep playing. It doesn’t matter if it’s a two-point game or we’re down nine, we don’t feel anybody can beat us.”

The visiting Vikings, who came into Friday’s game tied for first, had their chances. They held a 38-34 lead entering the fourth quarter. But the spunky Spartans scored the next seven points, the last five by Sharissa Estremera (baseline drive and corner 3). The junior guard finished with a game-high 20 points that included four treys.

“Sharissa hit a lot of 3s and kept us in the game,” Auclair said.

Lynbrook snapped its scoreless streak with 4:56 left – on an inside basket by center Jordan Day (16 points) – but Mountain View quickly countered with an uncontested layup from guard Abish Alcaraz. Forward Tiffany Wooten added a free throw at the 3:22 mark, giving the Spartans a 44-40 advantage.

The teams then traded turnovers three times before the Vikings cut their deficit in half on a layin by guard Sharon Hao with 1:10 to go.

After Mountain View missed back-to-back drives, Lynbrook had two shots at tying the game. The Vikings took the ball to the basket both times, with Day’s drive through the middle bouncing off the rim at the buzzer.

The Spartans survived despite shooting only 29 percent from the field and missing 11 of their 15 attempts from 3-point range. But Mountain View forced 14 turnovers, eight of them in the fourth quarter when it limited Lynbrook to 2-of-14 shooting.

“Our defense has to pick it up (for us to win),” Auclair said. “Without height, it’s just determination.”

Perhaps no player was more determined than Sarah Wada. The junior guard scored five points playing with sore ribs.

“Give Wada credit,” Auclair said. “She probably shouldn’t have been out there.”

All of Wada’s points came in the first half, the last one on a free throw with a second left that put the Spartans ahead 22-18.

Estremera had 13 points at intermission.

Mountain View is scheduled to host Saratoga 6 p.m. Friday.

Contact Pete Borello at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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