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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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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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LA girls win two, tie rivals in soccer

What a week for the Los Altos High girls soccer team. The Eagles opened it by clipping Saratoga 1-0, capped it with a 2-0 win over Monta Vista and tied rival Mountain View 2-all in between.

Los Altos improved to 2-0-1 in the SCVAL De Anza Division and 4-1-2 overall.

Julia Goupil’s first-half penalty kick beat Saratoga Jan. 7. Sophia Hyver scored on a header Friday against Monta Vista (assist Allie Crum) and her deflected shot earlier in the game led to a goal by Tess Wendelken. Crum and Stephanie Kouvelas tallied first-half goals versus Mountain View Jan. 9. The Spartans scored in the second half on shots by Dana Camin and Ysabel Balyuot (assists Erica Higa).

“We ended the game outshooting LA 15-6, but LA played a strong game and made it difficult for us,” Mountain View coach Ivan Bandov said.

Pinewood capped a three-win week by routing Eastside Prep 6-0 Saturday. Kelly Branson scored twice for Pinewood (5-0 West Bay Athletic League, 6-3-1 overall).

St. Francis shut out Sacred Heart Cathedral 7-0 Saturday in West Catholic Athletic League play. Annie Kingman and Katherine Bell paced the Lancers with three and two goals, respectively.

Boys soccer

Los Altos eked out a 2-1 De Anza Division win over Mountain View Jan. 9. Josh Stephens scored the Eagles’ first goal and assisted on the second, a shot by Kunal Patel with 10 minutes left. Keenan Zucker scored for the Spartans.

“It was a very good game, back and forth,” Mountain View coach Jim McGuirk said. “Los Altos is big and strong and played a great game.”

Boys basketball

Pinewood snapped a five-game losing streak by drubbing Crystal Springs 78-37 Friday behind 14 points from Greg Naumann. Owen Lewis and Kyle Murphy scored 13 each for the Panthers (1-3 WBAL, 6-6 overall).

Mountain View rallied in the fourth quarter to edge Milpitas 47-46 Jan. 8. Brian Kaestner totaled 22 points and Nick Wang 17 for the Spartans (2-1 De Anza Division, 7-7 overall).

Girls basketball

St. Francis topped Sacred Heart Cathedral 44-40 Saturday, getting 15 points from Shelbi Aimonetti and 11 from Kate Hoey.

The Lancers improved to 3-2 in the WCAL and 12-4 overall.

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