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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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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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Lancers fall to Falcons in NorCal semis


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier St. Francis High’s Khalil Johnson lays up a shot against College Park last week. The senior scored 20 points in the loss.

Fans of the St. Francis High boys basketball team left last week’s playoff game disappointed, but not without being entertained.

College Park edged the host Lancers 85-82 in a Northern California Division II semifinal played at the pace of a video game.

The teams, which combined for a whopping 57 points in the sizzling second quarter, gave the enthusiastic, near-capacity crowd plenty to cheer wildly about March 12. Tenth-seeded St. Francis (14-17) scored more points than it had in any game this season, but No. 11 College Park (26-5) of Pleasant Hill did just enough to overcome that by making pivotal plays when it mattered most.

“We shot the ball extremely well and it seems like on any other night we would have won by 20 with that kind of scoring,” St. Francis guard Nicholas Keyes said. “But they shot equally as well, if not better, and we could have just as easily lost by 20. But we didn’t – we stuck with them the whole time.”

The back-and-forth, up-and down contest featured 11 lead changes, six ties and a bevy of big shots – from dazzling drives to game-turning 3s.

“It was exciting and fun to watch,” St. Francis coach Mike Motil said. “Both teams had a hard time defending each other and both teams made a lot of shots.”

The Lancers shot 48 percent from the field – just 1 percent lower than the Falcons – and set a season high for 3-pointers.

“If you would have told us we would make 17 3s and lose, I would have told you, ‘No way,’” Motil said.

St. Francis opened the fourth quarter with a top-of-the-key 3 by forward Mike Lauck that put his team ahead 64-62. At the five-minute mark, the Lancers matched their biggest lead of the night, 74-68, on a drive by Keyes.

College Park scored eight of the next nine points, however, going ahead on guard Mikey Eggleton’s 3. The Lancers tied it at 76 on a free throw from guard Khalil Johnson, who scored 12 of his team-high 20 points in the fourth, but they failed to recapture the lead over the final 3:18.

It didn’t help that St. Francis played most of the fourth quarter without Khalil’s twin brother, Khalid. The standout point guard aggravated a nagging ankle injury two minutes into the period and didn’t return until 1:22 remained.

“We hung in there without our leader for the last five minutes of the fourth quarter,” Motil said. “Our kids did a really good job.”

Thirty-four seconds before Khalid removed the ice pack from his ankle and returned to the game, Khalil drilled a falling-back 3 that cut the Falcons’ lead to 81-79. But the Lancers’ next two possessions ended badly (turnover and air ball) and College Park extended its advantage on a dagger 3 by guard Seb Flores, who just beat the shot clock.

“We had opportunities,” Motil said. “We just didn’t convert, and they did.”

Down 84-79 with 15 seconds to play, St. Francis missed another 3-point attempt. College Park grabbed the rebound, leaving the Lancers no choice but to foul to stop the clock. Eggleton made one free throw for the last of his game-high 24 points.

Khaild buried a 3 in the final second to finish with 11 points. Guard Brycen Carbonel also scored 11 points for St. Francis – eight of them in the first quarter – and Lauck totaled 19.

The season didn’t end the way the Lancers had hoped, but Keyes said he’s proud of what they accomplished. After a rough start and a second-to-last-finish in the West Catholic Athletic League, St. Francis won the Central Coast Section Division II title and came within one win of the NorCal final.

“I had a great time with my teammates this year, and although it was a tough season at times, we all really turned it into one of the best seasons I could ever ask for,” he said.

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