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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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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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Mtn. View grad Pruitt hired to coach Los Altos football team


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It’s a good thing Trevor Pruitt likes challenges, because his new job as head coach of the Los Altos High football team comes with plenty of them.

He takes over a squad that last season went 0-10 and had to forfeit a game due to a lack of players.

But Pruitt – offensive coordinator for rival Mountain View the last two seasons – knows what he’s getting into and welcomes the opportunity to turn the Eagles around.

“I’m excited for the challenge – I’m ready for it,” he said. “I’d rather take on a tough challenge than an easy one.”

Los Altos athletic director Kim Cave, who announced Pruitt’s hiring last week, is confident the 25-year-old is the right man for the job.

“We are thrilled to have Trevor on board as our new head coach,” she said. “His vision and style is just what we need right now.”

Pruitt is the team’s third coach in as many years. Rudy Alcala was not asked back after last season and Bill Waggoner resigned at the end of a 1-9 campaign in 2011.

The Eagles’ last winning season came under Waggoner, who guided them to an 8-1-1 record that included a playoff appearance in 2010.

Pruitt vowed to bring back those winning ways and eventually lead Los Altos from the lower El Camino Division of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League to the upper De Anza Division.

“No matter what, we’ll be competitive,” said the 2005 graduate of Mountain View High. “Patience has never been my strong suit, but I understand where we were last year and where I want us want to be – competing in the De Anza – and I know it won’t be an overnight thing.”

Pruitt has already started assembling a staff to help him accomplish that. Shonte Jiz de Ortega, Mountain View’s defensive coordinator last year, will assume the same role for the Eagles. Both men played football for the Spartans.

“Shonte has the passion and knowledge on defense that can make us successful for years to come,” said Pruitt, who plans to direct the offense. “He’s the fiery defensive coordinator and I’m the calm, cool and collected mad-scientist offensive coordinator.”

Donnie Ecker, Los Altos’ new baseball coach and former standout quarterback, has also agreed to join Pruitt’s staff.

“Donnie’s going to work with the quarterbacks and help with the passing game,” Pruitt said.

Dan Navarro, whom Pruitt played for at Mountain View, gave the young coach his first job in football at age 19. Pruitt served as the frosh-soph squad’s offensive coordinator and special teams coach for three years, assuming the same duties on varsity in 2011 when Toure Carter replaced the retiring Navarro.

Pruitt cited Navarro and Willie Howard – a Los Altos High grad who starred at Stanford University and now coaches high school football in Minnesota – as his mentors. Their work ethic has apparently rubbed off on Pruitt.

“I feel like what separates me from others coaches is preparation,” the Mountain View resident said. “That’s how you separate yourself from the pack.”

Pruitt, who described himself as “a confident coach,” expects to have a long career at Los Altos.

“I coached YMCA basketball at 15 and knew then that I wanted to coach for the rest of my life,” he said. “I’m ready for this job and can’t wait to get started. I’m young and hungry and plan to be here for years to come.”

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