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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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Mitty runs past St. Francis

Friday’s high school football matchup between St. Francis and Mitty came down to the Lancers’ passing attack versus the Monarchs’ ground game, and the run won.

Mitty rushed for 338 yards in a 35-21 victory over host St. Francis, which passed for 232 yards.

“We knew they were going to load up to stop the run, so our plan was to pass,” Lancers coach Nick Navarro said. “Their plan was to run, and they did a good job.”

The Monarchs rushed for all five of their touchdowns, four in the first half to lead 28-14 at intermission.

The Lancers’ three touchdowns came on passes by Mike Lauck, who completed 22 of his 41 attempts in the West Catholic Athletic League contest. And those numbers could have been even better.

“We missed a couple of key catches,” said Navarro, whose team dropped to 3-3 in league and 4-5 overall. “There were three or four catchable balls to the wide outs that would have been first downs.”

With little room to run – the Lancers rushed for only 69 yards on 20 carries – St. Francis needed every catch it could get against a Mitty team (4-2 league, 7-2 overall) that has two shutouts this season.

St. Francis receiver Charlie Clark caught nine passes for 124 yards – both season highs – including a 30-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

“Charlie had a great game,” Navarro said. “He stepped up and did a phenomenal job.”

Fellow receiver Austin Woodard scored the Lancers’ initial touchdown, a 13-yard strike from Lauck that capped a 12-play, 80-yard drive. Patrick Fordham’s extra point evened the game at 7 with 2:42 left in the quarter.

The teams traded scores again midway through second quarter – with Clarke’s catch coming at the 5:19 mark – but the Monarchs pulled away before halftime. Halfback Chandler Ramirez, on the way to a 121-yard night, rushed for touchdowns of 28 and 3 yards.

After a scoreless third quarter, halfback Alex Andrighetto caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Lauck on fourth down with 1:36 to play. Fordham’s kick cut the Lancers’ deficit to seven.

Unable to recover the onside kick, St. Francis relied on the defense to get the ball back – and it nearly did. The Lancers hit quarterback Wyatt Hansen, forcing a fumble, but running back Kyle Evans scooped up the ball and raced 47 yards for a touchdown to put the game away.

“It didn’t turn out like we had hoped, but we fought hard in all aspects of the game,” Navarro said. “We always tell the kids, ‘We’ve got 24 hours to be upset and deal with it, and then let’s move on.’ It doesn’t get any easier next week with Serra.”

St. Francis is scheduled to visit Serra (5-1, 8-1) 1 p.m. Saturday.

Panthers prevail

Pinewood capped its eight-man football season with a 58-28 win at Stuart Hall, guaranteeing the Panthers second place in the Mission Trail Athletic League.

Pinewood’s Kevin Tracy threw for 188 yards and four touchdowns – two of them to halfback Owen Lewis, who also rushed for a pair of scores Saturday.

The Panthers (5-1) led 38-28 at halftime.

Eagles fall again

Los Altos didn’t have much to celebrate on homecoming, blanked 49-0 by Fremont Friday night at Foothill College.

The Eagles slumped to 0-5 in the SCVAL El Camino Division and 0-9 overall.

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