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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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Spiritual Life

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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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Eagles find positives in loss to Spartans

Photo R. Alan Hwang/Special
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Los Altos’ Meghan McDermott had 12 kills in Thursday’s loss at Mountain View.

The Eagles got swept, but they weren’t somber after Thursday’s volleyball match against the rival Spartans.

Although Los Altos High couldn’t match Mountain View’s height – or stifle standout Brittany Howard (34 kills) – all three sets were close. The host Spartans prevailed 25-21, 25-23, 25-22.

“Great game,” Los Altos coach Peter Kim said. “Great energy, and my team never gave up.”

The scrappy Eagles made Mountain View work for the win, posting 73 digs in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division match.

Meghan McDermott led Los Altos with 18 digs and 12 kills. Meghan Cyron added 10 kills and Hanna Koehler posted 26 assists.

Mountain View improved to 1-2 in league, 7-8 overall. Los Altos dropped to 3-1 in league, 19-5 overall.

In a battle of defending state champions, St. Francis eked out a five-game win over Palo Alto Sept. 26. The visiting Lancers won 25-20, 28-26, 19-25, 22-25, 15-8 behind 18 kills from Taylor Deaton.

St. Francis claimed the state Division II title last year and Palo Alto won Division I.

The Lancers played at Notre Dame-Belmont Sept. 28, recording a sweep to push their record to 13-2 overall. Alex Espinosa had 10 kills for St. Francis.

Pinewood swept Harker Sept. 27, getting five kills from Claire Nolan, four from Kandace Korver and 13 assists from Adrienne Whitlock.

Boys water polo

The two undefeated teams in the SCVAL De Anza Division faced off Sept. 28, and Los Altos came away with a 9-8 victory at Palo Alto.

Matt Orton tallied six goals for the Eagles (5-0 league) and Ian McColl had the other three. Cameron Putnam made 11 saves.

Los Altos met its match Friday, however, falling 15-10 to visiting St. Francis in a non-league game. Orton and McColl each scored three goals for the Eagles (19-3 overall) and Adam Warmoth added two.

Mountain View topped Los Gatos 15-9 Thursday, raising its record to 4-2 in the De Anza Division and 12-3 overall.

Thomas Burch scored seven goals for the visiting Spartans, who routed Homestead 10-3 a day earlier.

Field hockey

St. Francis remained perfect by beating Leigh and Los Gatos last week.

The Lancers beat Leigh 6-1 Friday and defeated Los Gatos 3-1 Sept. 28. Krustina Bassi scored two goals in each game.

St. Francis improved to 4-0 in the Blossom Valley Athletic League Mount Hamilton Division and 8-0 overall.

Girls water polo

Olivia Santiago scored four goals and Katy Schaefer three in Los Altos’ 9-5 home win over Palo Alto Sept. 28. Nicole Larsen made 17 saves for the Eagles.

Mountain View fell 17-7 to Santa Clara Thursday, despite four goals from Emma Frerichs.

St. Francis walloped Menlo-Atherton 11-2 Sept. 28 in non-league play. Courtney Batcheller notched four goals for the Lancers and Sami Strutner added three.

Girls tennis

Mountain View split a pair of De Anza Division matches last week, routing Gunn 6-1 and falling 4-3 to Lynbrook. The Spartans entered this week with a 2-3 league mark.

Los Altos swept Piedmont Hills Sept. 28 in non-league play, with Kacey Incerpi winning 7-5, 6-0 at No. 1 singles.

The host Eagles improved to 2-9 overall.

Last week’s 5-2 loss to Sacred Heart Prep put Pinewood’s overall record at 3-3.

Girls golf

Cori Inkster earned medalist honors for St. Francis in a 214-220 loss to undefeated Valley Christian Sept. 26 at Shoreline Golf Links.

The Lancers dropped to 2-5.

Cross-country

Los Altos Hills resident Sarah Robinson of Gunn finished the 2.3-mile Central Park Invitational in 13 minutes, 40.6 seconds to win the girls title Sept. 27.

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