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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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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 sweep Santa Clara


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

Los Altos High senior Nathan Vieira drives in traffic Friday.

In extending their winning streaks Friday night, the Los Altos High boys and girls basketball teams indicated that they won’t be an easy out in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division.

Succeeding with a fundamentals-over-flair approach, the visiting Eagles remained atop their respective divisions by beating Santa Clara squads boasting better overall records. The girls shook off a sluggish start to beat the Bruins 41-34 – Los Altos’ seventh straight win – and the boys followed with a hard-fought 55-50 victory, their fourth in a row.

While the outcomes surely caught the attention of teams around the league, the Eagles’ coaches – tempering their enthusiasm – acknowledged it’s too early in the season to talk titles.

“We’re taking it one game at a time,” said Kevin Lee, whose girls improved to 3-0 in league and 10-5 overall. “We have goals that we’re working on as a team, and we have high expectations, but we’re still a growing basketball team.”

Boys coach Bob McFarlane, whose squad went to 3-0 in league and 8-6 overall, was cautiously optimistic as well.

“I feel good, but league’s a long road,” he said. “Going into the season, Santa Clara and Fremont were the league favorites, I would say, and we’re just hoping to keep up with those guys.”

In Friday’s game, Santa Clara had to play catch up. The Eagles raced out to a 12-0 lead that included 3-pointers from Joey Malgesini and Daniel Rosenbaum. But the Bruins (1-3, 12-4) bounced back by scoring the next 12 points to tie the game by the end of the first quarter.

After a back-and-forth second quarter that ended in a 24-all tie, Los Altos began to pull away in the third. The Eagles scored the first nine points, starting with Malgesini’s top-of-the-key 3. The junior scored five of his game-high 14 points in the period.

Santa Clara closed the gap to 39-36 before Los Altos guard Nathan Vieira dropped in a pair of free throws in the final minute to end the scoring in the third. The senior tallied eight of his 11 points in the quarter.

The Eagles opened the fourth with back-to-back buckets – on a Steven Garverick pull-up jumper and a Malgesini drive – to go ahead 45-36. With 3:35 remaining, Conrad Rogers’ baseline drive pushed the lead to 51-40.

The Bruins wouldn’t go away, however. They scored the next 10 points, with Cole Lockwood’s trey cutting the deficit to 51-50 with 23 seconds left.

After Malgesini made a pair of clutch free throws, Santa Clara sharpshooter Ronaq Virdi misfired on a 3-point attempt – thanks in part to defender Johnny Chen.

“The guy didn’t have a clean look because Johnny was right on him,” McFarlane said. “Johnny played phenomenal defense tonight, and I think he was the difference maker in this game.”

Defense proved just as crucial to the Los Altos girls, who limited Santa Clara to single-digit points in all but the fourth quarter of Friday’s contest.

“We focus on defense first,” said Lee, whose Eagles haven’t allowed an opponent more than 38 points during their winning streak. “I’ve told them for a long time that defense and rebounding wins basketball games.”

The Eagles held the Bruins to 26.7 percent shooting and forced them into 15 turnovers. Two days earlier, rival Mountain View shot just 25 percent against Los Altos, which prevailed 41-37.

A month earlier, the Spartans routed the Eagles by 23 points in the final of the Los Altos Holiday Classic.

“Several games after that tournament, they started to gel,” Lee said. “We’ve been working on some of our weaknesses and trying to turn those into strengths. We’re doing a better job taking care of the basketball, rebounding and boxing out – some of the basic fundamentals of basketball.”

Those fundamentals helped the Eagles overcome their scoring struggles early in Friday’s game. Los Altos trailed 8-3 after one quarter, missing all nine of its shots from the field.

The Eagles rallied in the second, outscoring Santa Clara 15-6 to lead by four at halftime. Freshman forward Meg Enthoven scored eight of her 14 points in the quarter, the last two by using a pump fake to drive the baseline.

“Meg’s got a lot of potential,” Lee said. “We have her focus on just rebounding the basketball, and we tell her, ‘Anything else we get from you is icing on the cake’ – and she always gives us a lot of icing.”

Los Altos’ lead ballooned to 30-17 in the third on a jumper by guard Ideen Seyed with 2:10 remaining. The senior scored 10 of her game-high 17 points in the period.

Santa Clara (3-1, 11-5) roared back, though, scoring 13 of the next 15 points. Samantha Rudd’s 3-point play cut the Eagles’ advantage to 32-30 with 5:18 to play.

Enthoven answered by banking in a midrange jumper, but the Bruins countered with a trey from Almira Ferrer to make it a one-point game with 3:11 to go.

That’s as close as Santa Clara would get. The Bruins missed their next seven shots, while Los Altos drained seven out of eight free throws to pull away. Freshman guard Katie Munro sank the first three foul shots, putting the Eagles up 37-33 with 1:02 left.

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