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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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Buchanan caps winning week by capturing CCS golf crown


Photo By: Courtesy of David Buchanan
Photo Courtesy Of David Buchanan

Andrew Buchanan of Los Altos Hills shot a 7-under-par 64 to win the CCS title last week.

Andrew Buchanan of Los Altos Hills had the kind of week most golfers only dream about.

In the span of just a few days, Buchanan shot his low round at Los Altos Golf & Country Club, advanced to a U.S. Open sectional qualifier and won the individual portion of the Central Coast Section Boys Golf Championships.

The Menlo School junior shot a blistering 7-under-par 64 at CCS, held May 15 at Rancho Cañada Golf Club in Carmel. His score tied the all-time record at the CCS championships.

“It’s hard to think you shoot 7-under or something,” said Buchanan, who enjoyed a bogey-free round. “So much has to go right.”

A lot went right for Buchanan early in his round, as he bagged birdies on holes four and five. After missing what he called “easy birdie putts” on holes six, nine and 10, Buchanan finished with a flourish. His last three holes: birdie, eagle, birdie.

“I tried to stop thinking about putting after (the missed birdie opportunities), and it paid off,” he said. “I was putting well before that and just tried to will it in the hole rather than overthink it.”

To get his eagle on 17 – a 503-yard hole – Buchanan drove his tee shot 310 yards and sank a 25-foot putt.

“I knew I had to finish strong to win,” said Buchanan, who beat runner-up Jonathan Garrick of St. Francis by two strokes.

Both golfers advanced to the Northern California Championships, scheduled Monday (after the Town Crier’s press deadline) at Butte Creek Golf Club in Chico. The top nine finishers qualify for the State Championships June 6 at San Gabriel Country Club.

“I played (at Butte Creek) last year at NorCal, and it’s not that hard of a course,” Buchanan said. “I think I’m playing well right now and have a good chance to move on, but nothing is a given in golf.”

Buchanan, however, is guaranteed a spot in the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying Tournament slated June 4 at Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City. He was among only six golfers at last week’s U.S. Open Local Qualifying Tournament in Santa Cruz to advance. Buchanan tied for third, shooting 70 May 14 at Pasatiempo Golf Club.

Buchanan prepared for the local qualifier by playing a round at his home course, Los Altos Golf & Country Club, where he shot a personal-best 63.

“That gave me a boost and a lot of confidence,” he said.

In the team portion of CCS, Menlo shot 382 to finish fifth, right behind St. Francis (381). Only the top three teams moved on to NorCal.

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