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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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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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Coach unhappy with Owls' effort in win

Contreras

A lot of coaches would be thrilled with a 31-point victory. But the way the Foothill College women’s basketball team went about beating Las Positas last week left Jody Craig concerned.

“We’re not playoff-ready at this point,” the coach said after the Owls’ 74-43 win at Las Positas Feb. 9. “We’ve got some work to do.”

First-place Foothill held only a 25-18 lead over last-place Las Positas at halftime, prompting Craig to give her players a stern talking-to.

“We did good things defensively, but we weren’t aggressive on the offensive end and were a little out of rhythm,” she said. “So at half, I challenged them: ‘Why aren’t you attacking them? Why aren’t you taking over and putting your pride on the line?’”

The Owls got the message. They opened the second half with a 16-5 run and extended their advantage to 55-30 with nine minutes remaining.

“We played with more heart and emotion in the second half,” Craig said. “We picked up the pace defensively, attacked more and gave them different looks.”

Point guard Raeshel Contreras, in her second game back from a knee injury, led the charge. The freshman finished with a team-high 18 points, all of which came on 3-pointers. Addie Schivo scored 13 points and fellow sophomore shooting guard Stephanie Agostini added 11.

Foothill, ranked No. 2 in Northern California, improved to 23-4 overall and 7-1 in the Coast Conference North Division. But the Owls have yet to meet Craig’s lofty expectations.

“We’re not playing close to our potential,” she said. “We need to be more efficient and pick up the pace – I’m looking for more of a sense of urgency with this team than I’ve been seeing.”

Foothill is scheduled to host Skyline 7 p.m. today and conclude conference play 5 p.m. Friday against visiting San Mateo. The playoffs are set to start next week.

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