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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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Eagles squeak by Spartans, land 6th seed in CCS


Photo By: Shirley Pefley/Special to the Town Crier
Photo Shirley Pefley/Special To The Town Crier

Los Altos High’s Carmen Annevelink bumps the ball.

Helped by Thursday’s five-game win at rival Mountain View, the Los Altos High girls volleyball team has secured the sixth seed in the Central Coast Section Division II playoffs. The Eagles (21-14 overall) are scheduled to open against No. 11 Sobrato 7 p.m. today.

“We are very happy with our sixth seed and really looking forward to having one last home game this upcoming Wednesday,” said outside hitter Meghan McDermott. “We play in a very competitive league and CCS division, so we are excited to hopefully do well in the playoffs.”

If Los Altos defeats Sobrato (15-14), it will meet No. 3 Los Gatos in Saturday’s quarterfinals. The Eagles split their two league matches against the Wildcats (21-6), who finished just ahead of them in the SCVAL De Anza Division standings. Los Altos placed fourth (8-6) after beating Mountain View Thursday.

Eagles coach Peter Kim called the win, “One of the best matches I’ve been a part of in my coaching career.” Playing without star setter Hanna Koehler – who is expected back for CCS – Los Altos rallied to victory after losing two of the first three sets.

“What really made a difference was that we fought until those last two points,” said McDermott, whose 17 kills was second only to teammate Carmen Annevelink (season-high 21). “The game was going back and forth and we never gave up fighting hard until the match ended.”

Joyce Christiansen-Salameh, starting in place of Koehler, “played great,” Kim said.

Mountain View, which finished fifth in league (6-8), is the No. 7 seed in CCS Division II. The Spartans (17-16 overall) are slated to host No. 10 Leland (15-15) 7 p.m. today.

At the same time, fifth-seeded St. Francis (19-13) visits No. 12 Woodside (23-9). The Lancers made a quick exit from the West Catholic Athletic League playoffs, falling to Valley Christian in last week’s quarterfinals despite 17 kills from Chloe Lott.

Boys water polo

After losing both games to Mountain View in the round-robin portion of league play, Los Altos beat its rival 11-9 Saturday in the SCVAL De Anza Division championship game.

The Eagles received five goals from Sam Lisbonne, four from Ian McColl and one each from Paul Bergevin and Drew Lytle. Goalie Cameron Putnam recorded 11 saves.

The Spartans, undefeated in league prior to the tournament, trailed Los Altos 4-1 after the opening quarter and never caught up. Connor Rudolph scored three goals to lead Mountain View; Rey Castillo and Randy Kenyon contributed two each.

The teams won’t face one another again this year: Los Altos (16-11 overall) is the third seed in CCS Division I; Mountain View (19-4) is the No. 5 seed in Division II. The Eagles have a first-round bye and will meet either No. 6 Carmel (21-6) or No. 11 Stevenson (15-9) in Saturday’s quarterfinals. Mountain View was scheduled to host No. 12 Pioneer (15-11) Tuesday, after the Town Crier’s press deadline. The winner advances to Saturday’s quarterfinals.

St. Francis (12-15) is the No. 2 seed in Division II and doesn’t play until Saturday’s quarterfinals.

Girls water polo

St. Francis (22-4) has landed the top seed in the CCS Division I playoffs and faces No. 9 Homestead (12-8) or No. 8 Pioneer (16-11) Saturday in the quarterfinals at a time and place to be determined.

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