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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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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 coach expects young team to compete in league


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Sophomore Briham Gonzalez is one of Los Altos High’s team captains this season.

The Los Altos High wrestling team probably couldn’t have chosen a worse year to ascend to the upper division of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League. The Eagles lack wrestlers (18 on varsity and JV combined) and experience (two seniors).

Yet coach Randy Jimenez won’t use these deficiencies as excuses for not being able to compete in the daunting De Anza Division.

“My expectations for this season and for every season have not changed – I always expect to win it all,” he said. “As the head coach, I set the bar high, and just because we have a less experienced team this year, it would be wrong for me to lower that bar because of it.”

So despite acknowledging that the Eagles are in a rebuilding phase – the roster includes just two seniors and six juniors, many of whom did not wrestle prior to this season – Jimenez expects them to rise to the occasion. And he doesn’t doubt they will.

“It is the kids’ job to buy into it and step up to the bar,” Jimenez said. “I have full confidence that all the wrestlers on the team will step up.”

Two matches into the league season, however, Los Altos finds itself a few steps behind the competition. The Eagles lost their Jan. 3 division opener 37-28 to Palo Alto and fell 63-18 to Gunn Thursday.

But Jimenez was encouraged by what he saw from the Eagles against Paly.

“(They) wrestled very hard and gave a good showing for being such a green team,” he said.

A pair of sophomores new to the team – Juan Cervantes (195 pounds) and Brian Wang (113) – impressed the coach.

Cervantes “went the distance against a kid who was a state qualifier from last year,” Jimenez said, while Wang “went out and pinned his opponent in the first period of his match.” Wang never wrestled before this season, according to the coach, and Cervantes last competed in junior high.

Two sophomores with more experience, returnees Briham Gonzalez (132) and Carter Lee (138), serve as team captains, along with senior Paul Hernandez (220).

“The team captains have really stepped up this year and have taken good control of the room,” said Jimenez, who considers this trio his best wrestlers as well.

Defending league champ Hernandez ranks fourth in the Central Coast Section and 38th in the state He pinned his opponent from Gunn in 3 minutes, 35 seconds.

“Paul has all the skill and experience to make a run at a second league title and possibly even make a trip to the state tournament,” Jimenez said. “He has been with the program on varsity for all four years and is a true leader in the room.”

The coach noted that Gonzalez “trains hard and is very knowledgeable with his skills. He has gained a lot of wrestling experience since his freshman year, and it shows in his victories.”

Lee is a “fast and well-skilled wrestler,” Jimenez said. “He has a lot of good leadership qualities and is learning fast. Carter has stepped up this year and shows great potential to become a league champion.”

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