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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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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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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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Spartans rally to beat Burlingame in football


Photo By: Courtesy of Pam Lytle
Photo Courtesy Of Pam Lytle

Los Altos High water polo player Paul Bergevin shoots against Homestead last week.

Putting their disappointing football opener behind them, the Mountain View High Spartans rallied to beat Burlingame 30-27 Friday.

Trailing 27-15 midway through the third quarter, visiting Mountain View scored the final 15 points to prevail. After fullback Chad Schaumburg scored on a short run late in the third, the Spartans received two points on a safety early in the fourth and quarterback Will Fischer-Colbrie tossed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Avery with just more than a minute to play (kick failed).

“Our quarterback came through for us,” coach Toure Carter said. “He’s getting more and more confident.”

The Spartans, shellacked 27-3 at home by Sacred Heart Prep the prior week, are scheduled to host rival Los Altos 7:30 p.m. Friday at Foothill College. It is Mountain View’s homecoming game.

The start of the season went from bad to really bad for Los Altos, as Sacred Heart Prep routed the visiting Eagles 70-0 Saturday. Los Altos, which lost its opener 53-8 to Santa Clara a week earlier, trailed 49-0 at halftime of Saturday’s non-league game.

“We did not execute on either side of the ball and specialty teams continue to have major issues,” coach Rudy Alcala said. “This week we will work on just fundamentals – catching, running, blocking and tackling.”

Boys water polo

Los Altos won a pair of games last week, topping Gunn 13-10 Sept. 11 and routing Homestead 15-7 Thursday. Sam Lisbonne scored seven goals versus Gunn and Ian McColl tallied six against Homestead.

Paced by Michael Magee’s five goals, Mountain View defeated Monta Vista 13-9 Thursday to remain undefeated (6-0).

St. Francis beat Serra 12-8 Sept. 12, helped by Jamie Olson’s five goals, to open the season.

Volleyball

St. Francis split its four matches at last weekend’s Mitty Varsity Tournament. The Lancers opened with wins over Oak Ridge and Dos Pueblos, then fell to host Mitty and Santa Margarita.

Earlier in the week, the Lancers (10-3) defeated Homestead and Menlo-Atherton in non-league play. Chloe Lott led St. Francis with 25 kills and 18 digs against Homestead Thursday; Cassie Wes tallied 13 kills in the Sept. 11 victory over Menlo-Atherton.

Los Altos’ four-game loss at Sacred Heart Prep Thursday evened the Eagles’ record at 4-4. Meghan McDermott notched 13 kills for Los Altos and Michelle Albright added eight.

Girls golf

St. Francis dropped to 0-3 with a 203-209 loss to St. Ignatius Sept. 12 at Shoreline Golf Links. Valerie Wang earned medalist honors by shooting a nine-hole score of 37 for the host Lancers.

Girls tennis

Los Altos claimed the Division 3 championship at the California High School Tennis Classic, held Sept. 7-8 in Fresno.

Host Mountain View edged Gunn 4-3 Sept. 12 behind wins from Vivian Li (No. 1 singles), Polina Gorshenina (No. 2), Sheila Ahi (No. 3) and Megan Joseph-Kaye Yap (No. 1 doubles).

Girls water polo

Mountain View fell 8-6 to Monta Vista Thursday, despite three goals from Emma Frerichs.

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