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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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Local golfers dominate tourney

The junior golf season is in full swing and several players with local ties are on course to have great summers.

Topping the leader board is Michael Jensen, 17. The Los Altos resident won a pair of overall championships at Junior Golf Association of Northern California tournaments held last week.

"I have been hitting the ball really well, but I have not made as many putts as I would have liked," said Jensen, who's entering his senior year at St. Francis High and played on the school's championship golf team. "But I am playing well right now and enjoying it."

The week started with Jensen defending his title at the 68th annual East Bay Junior Golf Championship, which took place June 16 and 17 at the Chuck Corica Golf Complex in Alameda.

Tied with A.J. DiLaura at the end of regulation play -- both posted two-round scores of 136 in the boys 16-17 division-- Jensen went on to win a sudden-death playoff after one hole. Jensen, finishing six-under par after rounds of 69 and 67, is the first player to successfully defend an East Bay Juniors championship, according to tournament officials.

Jensen collected another overall title on Friday at the two-day Green Valley Junior, hosted by the Green Valley Country Club in Suisun. He tallied a two-under-par 142, firing rounds of 72 and 70, to finish two shots better than any other player in the boys 14-17 division.

In between these events, a busy Jensen notched fourth place at the June 18 Palo Alto Junior.

Charlie Sines of Los Altos came away from the East Bay Junior with some hardware as well.

Sines claimed the boys 14-15 division with an even-par score of 142, shooting 71 each day. Sines, 14, prevailed by three strokes over runner-up Jason Alves (Aptos).

"I won the tournament on the first four holes on the second day," said Sines, who will be a sophomore at Los Altos High in the fall. "Most of the others blew up, but I was able to stay focused and shot one-under par on the first nine holes."

Sines also recently qualified for the Independent Insurance Agents Junior Classic State Finals, slated for July 10 and 11 at the DeLaveaga Golf Course in Santa Cruz.

Sines qualified by shooting a 74 May 28 at the Santa Cruz County IIAJ event held at DeLaveaga. Sines was second in his age group (14-15) and sixth overall out of 79 golfers ages 18 and under.

Although he didn't win his division, Alvin Lata also turned in a solid performance at the East Bay Junior.

Lata, entering his junior year at St. Francis, recorded the best round of any golfer during the final day of the tourney with a 66.

The 16-year-old from Pleasanton placed second in the boys 16-17 division with a 137. He shot 71 the first day.

Lata's second-round score has qualified him for the Junior World Championship, set for July 15-18 in San Diego.

Turning from Juniors to the pros, area player James Perkins played an impressive round at a recent event.

The assistant pro at Los Altos Golf & Country Club teamed with Marc Braga of San Jose to place second at the Pro Scotch Championship, a Northern California-Professional Golfers' Association ILT event held June 9 at Oakhurst Country Club in Clayton. The pair combined for a 137; Mark Sherman (Green Valley) and Jeff McMillen (Ukiah Muni) won with a 135.

Perkins' 64 was the low score of the day.

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