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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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Heavy medal: Four St. Francis High athletes return from state as medalists

For Ben Sitler, the boys 3,200-meter run at the state track and field championships came down to class.

Dragging with about 300 yards to go and in jeopardy of falling to fourth place, the St. Francis High senior found his motivation.

"I saw Mikel Thomas coming up and I realized he was a junior," Sitler said. "So I kicked hard and beat him."

Sitler held on for third place, finishing Saturday's race in 9 minutes, 2.56 seconds. Thomas of Clovis High came in two seconds later.

The only junior Sitler couldn't beat was Royal's Michael Cybulski, the winner with an 8:53.77. El Camino senior AJ Acosta took second with an 8:59.15.

"If I kicked earlier, I might have beaten AJ," Sitler said.

Although nine seconds off his top time, Sitler said he was "pretty happy with it." The muggy conditions at Cerritos College in Orange County made it difficult for everyone, according to Sitler, noting that no one ran their best.

"It was hot and kind of windy," he said. "With the field we had - with a little better conditions - we could have had a really good day."

Princeton-bound Sitler said he was in "the chase pack" for much of the race, first following West Covina's Diego Mercado. But Mercado had to drop out on the fifth lap after twisting his ankle.

Cybulski took the lead, with

Sitler and Acosta following at an almost even pace. The heat got to Sitler with two laps left ("I was really feeling it," he said) and the Los Altos resident fell back until he was challenged by Thomas.

Sitler, who won the 3,200 and 1,600 at the Central Coast Section meet the previous week, has one more race to run. He has qualified for this weekend's Golden West Invitational in Folsom.

Sitler will have familiar company at the meet, just as he did at state. St. Francis sent eight other athletes to Southern California.

Junior Natasha Barthel placed second in the girls pole vault, clearing 12 feet, 9 inches. Fellow Lancer Taylor Franklin, a senior, came in seventh (11-9).

Junior Casey Roche was third in the boys pole vault with a 16-5, besting his CCS-winning mark by 3 inches. Teammate Ben Sheehan also made the finals of the event, but the senior no-heighted.

Senior Kyle Mills-Bunje was third in the long jump (23-8 3/4), helping the St. Francis boys finish eighth as a team (18 points).

St. Francis' other competitors did not get past Friday's preliminaries. Sela Paini was 15th in the girls discus (122-10); junior Andy Vargas (53-5 1/2) and senior David Wernick (51-2 3/4) were 15th and 20th, respectively, in the boys shot put; senior Sam Pompei was 16th in the boys 800 run (1:55.66); and sophomore Omar Bourgoub took 17th in the boys high jump (6-3).

The Lancers also had a team in the girls 4x400 relay, which finished 17th in the preliminaries (3:59.74). Los Altos High finished 19th (4:01.08) in that race.

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