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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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Prep roundup

Town Crier Sports Editor

Los Altos spikes Mountain View in three games

Los Altos' girls volleyball team was on a mission last Thursday night: ambush Mountain View.

According to senior Alison Burch, the concept arose after the Eagles' loss to Los Gatos two days earlier. "Mountain View is our rival - we really wanted to kill them. Just go aggro," she said.

And so they did, defeating the Spartans in three straight games - 15-6, 15-12, 15-6 - at Los Altos. Los Altos improved to 5-6 in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division, while Mountain View dropped to 3-7.

In Los Altos' second victory over Mountain View this season, the Eagles benefited from the outstanding play of Burch, Jayme Fulford, Becca Saenz and Kristi Winters.

Each provided several highlight-film moments:

Los Altos Coach Paul Lyles felt defense was the key to Thursday's victory. "We shut down their best players," he said. "We worked with two defensive schemes and executed them. I don't think they had a kill that didn't hit one of our players."

Intimidation was also a factor. "There was a lot of rivalry through the net," said an ecstatic Burch following the match. "But we showed them who's who."

On the night, Los Altos held big hitter Kristi Lezchuk to four kills, all of which came in the final game. But she hustled on defense: During one long rally, Lezchuk made diving digs on a pair of Saenz spikes before she snuck in the third for a point.

Other highlights for Mountain View included the offensive play of Belle Chesler (five kills) and defense of Ashley Fay and Lisa Wurm.

Boys Water Polo

Mountain View received goals from seven different players in its 17-11 win over Los Altos last Wednesday.

Scoring for the Spartans were Matt Stone (six), Soro Salerno (three), Peter Skeehan (two), David Boggs (two), Colvin Pitts (two), David Skeehan and Brian Begun. Mountain View led 7-4 at the half, and kept the three-goal advantage until late in the fourth period. Then, with Los Altos behind 14-11, the Spartans reeled off three goals to seal the victory.

With the win, Mountain View upped its SCVAL De Anza Division record to 4-1 and remains in a second-place deadlock with Los Gatos. The two square off 6 p.m. tonight at West Valley College in their last division match.

Los Altos - which dropped to 0-5 in division play - kept the score close Wednesday with tallies from Marc Hermsmeyer, Steve Joh, Bryan Jones, Cory Nakamoto and Rabindra Watson.

"Los Altos kept pecking away. They hung in there and played really well," said Mountain View Coach Steve McCoy.

Mountain View continued its winning ways last Saturday at the Menlo Tournament. The Spartans notched the title with victories over Leland (10-2), St. Francis (10-8) and Hollister (13-7).

High scorers for the locals, who finished 5-0 in the tourney, were Stone (13 goals), Boggs (seven) and Salerno (seven).

Girls Field Hockey

It was quite a road trip for Los Altos over the weekend. Behind goals from Lea Jaeger, Ani Youatt, Karen Finch and Katie Johnson, the Eagles came home champions of the Chico Tournament.

The Eagles, who upped their overall record to 9-2-4, triumphed over Pleasant Valley (2-1) and Chico (1-0) in early round games, and shut out Davis (1-0) in the final.

In individual victories, Jaeger and Johnson were selected to the all-tournament team, and sweeper Anne Rippetoe was named most valuable defensive player.

Football

Besides only attracting a sparse crowd to a home game last Friday afternoon, Los Altos also failed to put any points on the scoreboard in its 35-0 loss to Lynbrook.

But Lynbrook's running backs Jerry Cabral and Paul Koh showed up at Tom Burt Field - and the duo put on quite a show. The senior stars amassed 191 yards rushing, 125 yards receiving and scored all five of the Vikings' touchdowns.

Koh (who rushed for 86 yards on 13 carries and caught three passes for 50 yards) barreled in from 10 yards out for Lynbrook's opening score at the close of the first quarter.

Then Cabral took over. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder collected 105 yards on 15 carries and grabbed three passes for 75 yards; his touchdown runs were for 1, 3 and 3 yards, while his TD reception was an exciting 58-yard cross-field jaunt.

Los Altos - minus injured Willie Howard and several others - did muster up a few fine plays, including running back Victor Ambruso's 21-yard weaving run and Kevin Sayers' 26-yard reception over the top of a Lynbrook defender.

The Eagles are 0-4 division and 1-7 overall.

  • Besides playing solid defense, Fulford broke a 12-12 tie in the second game with a punching, cross-court kill. Karen Tanaka's ace (she finished with four) and Winters' game-winning blast followed.
  • Saenz also registered 10 kills, mixing in an array of dinks and rockets. Her final kill of the night caromed off a Mountain View block to end the match.

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