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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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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

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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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Eagles & Spartans earn split

The schedule took some of the luster off Thursday’s track and field meet between high school rivals Mountain View and Los Altos – several standouts saved themselves for Friday’s Central Coast Section Top 8 Meet – but not all of it.

Los Altos’ last home meet of the season – and Mountain View’s regular-season finale – featured stellar showings by a slew of competitors, a few of whom set personal records.

“It was a good meet with many good performances and friendly crosstown rivalries,” Spartans coach Lance Thayer said.

The schools split the De Anza Division meet: the Los Altos boys prevailed 81-42; the Mountain View girls triumphed 78-43.

The Los Altos boys’ 4x100-meter relay “ran extremely fast,” co-head coach Dave Barth said, beating Mountain View by more than two seconds. The foursome – Chris Tien, Will Scheetz, Tyler Polen and Willem Van Eck – ran a personal-best time of 43.95.

“I am very proud of these boys,” Barth said. “They are all juniors and seniors who have been hard at work since freshman year.”

Three of these sprinters shined in the 100 dash as well. Tien placed first (11.59) and Polen and Van Eck tied for second (11.60).

Not to be outdone, the Los Altos girls’ 4x100 relay also ran its fastest time of the year. The team of Sarah Wobber, Amanda Mell, Kalie Oku and Romy Aboudarham ran a 51.17 to finish a close second to Mountain View (50.90).

Wobber then competed in the triple jump – “an event she never really does,” Barth said – and won by springing 32 feet, 11 inches.

The Los Altos girls’ four other wins came from Amanda Mell in the 200 dash (28.97) and long jump (15-7), Taylor Peterson in the 400 run (1:07.45) and Alexandria Bahl in the discus (87-10).

The Mountain View girls claimed 10 events, two courtesy of Kolisa Nhlapo. The junior won the 100 hurdles (17.87) and 300 hurdles (49.57).The Spartans also received wins from Krysta Korpontinos in the 100 dash (13.44), Amy Lynch in the 800 run (2:32.59), Carina Gwennap in the 1,600 run (5:41.08), Maya Weigel in the 3,200 run (12:12.14), Sydney Magana in the shot put (26-2), Sara Winick in the high jump (4-6) and the 4x400 relay team (4:46.79).

The Mountain View boys managed four wins: David Williams in the 300 hurdles (44.57), Zheng Teng in the 800 run (2:10.10), Eric Theil in the shot put (40-5) and the 4x400 relay (3:48.24).

The Yeager brothers – senior Danny and sophomore Brian – played major roles in the Eagles’ victory. Danny (15.93) and Brian (16.33) finished one-two in the 110 hurdles, Danny claimed the high jump (6-3), Brian won the triple jump (43-2) and his brother took third (41-4) in the event.

Los Altos’ other winners included Jerry Liu in the long jump (20-3.75), Dane Tippett in the 1,600 run (4:38.60), Arthur Bogdanovich in the 400 run (52.38), Andreas Godderis in the 3,200 run (10:23.54), Van Eck in the 200 dash (23.34) and Sami Fakalolo in the discus (133-08).

Friday at the Top 8 Meet in San Jose, Brian Yeager won the frosh-soph boys high jump (personal-record 6-2) and 65 hurdles, and placed second in the long jump.

In their best times of the season, Los Altos’ varsity boys and girls 4x400 relay teams placed third and 11th, respectively.

For more photos of the Los Altos High School and Mountain View High School Track and Field teams, click here.

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