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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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Lancers rally late to beat Aragon


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

St. Francis High guard Mike Lauck scored 19 points Saturday.

Minutes after the St. Francis High boys basketball team rallied for a 65-54 win over Aragon in the Central Coast Section Division II quarterfinals, coach Mike Motil wasn’t even sure how his Lancers did it.

“I really don’t know, to be honest with you, what happened,” he said. “I’ll have to go back and watch the film.”

That film will show No. 3 St. Francis (10-16) making big shot after big shot to overcome a seven-point deficit late in the third quarter of Saturday’s game.

It started with Khalid Johnson’s pullup jumper inside the key that cut No. 6 Aragon’s lead to 44-39 with four seconds left in the period. The senior guard totaled 15 points.

Johnson’s twin brother, Khalil, opened the fourth with a top-of-the-key 3, narrowing Aragon’s advantage to two points.

That ignited an 18-4 St. Francis run that included two 3s and a putback by Mike Lauck. The senior guard tallied a game-high 19 points.

“Mike Lauck did a great job,” Motil said. “He made five 3s tonight and took their second-best offensive weapon out of the game.”

That player, sharpshooter Nick Frankel, finished with 11 points for Aragon (19-7). He made just one shot from 3-point range.

The Dons went nearly five minutes without a basket in the final quarter, and the Lancers raced past them during this stretch. Khalil Johnson’s layin off a steal gave St. Francis the lead at 49-48 with 4:55 remaining.

The Lancers stayed ahead the rest of the way, building a nine-point advantage with 2:31 to go.

St. Francis made six of eight free throws in the final minute – four by Nicholas Keyes – to keep Aragon at bay.

“We just fought, and I’m really proud of the guys and the effort they gave,” Motil said.

St. Francis was slated to face No. 2 Leigh (21-7) in Tuesday’s semifinals, played after the Town Crier’s press deadline. The winner advances to Friday’s title game, set for 8 p.m. at Santa Clara High.

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