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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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Mtn. View edges Burlingame in lacrosse

In what Mountain View High boys lacrosse team coach Joe Juter described as “a barn burner of a game,” the Spartans extinguished Burlingame 6-5 April 17.

After its two-goal lead dwindled to one late in the game, host Mountain View went on the defensive.

“It was defense – 100 percent,” Juter said in explaining how the Spartans held on for the win. “Our goalie (Matt Ford) was fantastic.”

Offensively, Mountain View employed a balanced attack to beat Burlingame. Kyle Arrillaga and Grant Wineman scored two goals each; Bryce Joerger and Nico Nagle added one apiece.

The victory boosted the Spartans’ record to 7-7 overall and 4-3 in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division. With five games remaining, Mountain View is tied for third place; the top four teams make the league playoffs.

“It’s all very tight,” Juter said. “A lot of scenarios can play out.”

The Spartans missed the playoffs last season for the first time. They qualified the previous three years, reaching the final twice.

Baseball

Los Altos struggled against Saratoga last week, losing the two league games by a combined 23-9.

After falling 17-9 in the series opener April 17, the Eagles were blanked 6-0 Friday at home. Los Altos slumped to 5-7 in the De Anza Division and 10-11 overall.

The Eagles tallied 10 hits in the first game, which included a two-run homer by Steven McLean. Daniel Pefley notched three hits and pitched the final 2 2/3 innings in relief of Trevor Rogers.

Saratoga (8-4 league, 14-7 overall) limited Los Altos to three hits Friday.

St. Francis won its three games last week to keep pace with Serra in the West Catholic Athletic League. Both teams are tied atop the standings at 9-1; St. Francis improved to 22-1 overall.

The Lancers routed Riordan 9-0 April 16, mauled Mitty 14-3 Friday and slipped by Sacred Heart Cathedral 2-1 Saturday.

Tyler Deason earned the save Saturday – his fourth of the season – and went 1-for-3 at the plate with a run scored. Richard Boe (2-0) earned the win.

St. Francis’ 14 hits Friday included a homer by Timothy Susnara and two doubles each from Champi Lucca and Michael Strem, the winning pitcher.

Softball

Santa Clara had more hits, but Mountain View scored more runs in last week’s road win. The Spartans prevailed 9-5, raising their record to 4-3 in the SCVAL El Camino Division and 8-9 overall.

Mountain View scored the first nine runs of the game – starting with five in the third inning – and withstood a late surge by the Bruins, who outhit the Spartans 10-8.

Winning pitcher Athena Bolin (5-4) went the distance, surrendering three earned runs. She also drove in a run. Nicole Nakahama went 2-for-2 (both doubles) with a pair of RBIs and two runs scored.

St. Francis belted three home runs and pasted Presentation 7-1 in WCAL play April 16.

Amanda Delfino, Carolyn McGuire and Lauren Wahler homered for the host Lancers (4-3 league, 11-9-1 overall). Jackie Hinojosa went 3-for-4 and winning pitcher Madison Chandler (3-1) added two hits, one a double.

Pinewood routed Immaculate Conception 16-1 April 16 behind the arm and bat of Morgan Tomberlin, whom coach Megan Finney dubbed “player of the game.” Tomberlin struck out four batters on the way to earning the win and was 2-for-3 at the plate.

Angelina Mapa added a homer, while Juka Kim and Eri Yoshimoto both doubled.

The Panthers improved to 3-1 in the West Bay Athletic League.

Boys tennis

Pinewood freshman Gabe Owens avenged his lone loss of the season, beating Menlo senior William Boyd in last week’s rematch of the WBAL’s best singles players. Owens prevailed 6-4, 4-6, 13-11 at Menlo.

Panthers coach Craig Corfield described Owens’ April 16 effort as a “huge win.”

It was also Pinewood’s lone win against first-place Menlo.

Los Altos swept the singles in beating Palo Alto 6-1 April 16. The Eagles won all four singles matches in straight sets, with Anthony Bello prevailing 6-2, 6-4 at the top spot and Spencer Simonides winning 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2.

Visiting Los Altos’ lone loss in the De Anza Division match came at No. 2 doubles. The Eagles’ top duo, Braden Holt and Christian Beck, triumphed 6-4, 6-4.

Los Altos improved to 13-3 overall and 9-2 in league.

St. Francis defeated Riordan 6-0 Thursday in WCAL action. Neel Ramachandran triumphed 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1 singles.

Golf

Led by Los Altos Hills resident Andrew Buchanan, Menlo topped Pinewood 196-201 April 17 at Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club. Medalist Buchanan shot an even-par 35 for the Knights (8-0).

Boys volleyball

Mountain View clobbered King’s Academy 25-14, 25-23, 25-16 Friday to remain undefeated. The Spartans boosted their record to 8-0 in the De Anza Division and 22-0 overall.

Kurt Dentinger notched nine kills and six aces for Mountain View, while Alec McDonald posted five kills, three blocks and three aces.

After a three-win week, upstart Los Altos improved to 8-2 in the El Camino Division. The Eagles, in their inaugural season, are in a three-way tie for first place with two weeks left in the regular season.

In between sweeps of Santa Clara and Sacred Heart Prep last week, Los Altos (8-6 overall) defeated Wilcox in four games. Freshman setter Nathan Smith recorded 41 assists in Friday’s win at Santa Clara, while Ian McColl added 14 kills and “two huge blocks,” coach Dave Radford said.

St. Francis toppled visiting Sacred Heart Prep 25-22, 21-25, 25-20, 25-20 Thursday behind 21 kills from Jeffrey Castello. The Lancers improved to 8-3 in the WCAL and 19-8 overall.

Swimming & diving

The St. Francis girls suffered their first loss of the season, while the boys glided past Mitty Thursday in a WCAL meet.

The Lancers lost 94-92 on the girls side and prevailed 131-19 on the boys side. Both St. Francis teams went to 4-1 in league.

The boys won 10 events, with Benjamin Ho and Curtis Ogren each contributing to four of them. Ho finished first in the 100 and 200-yard freestyles, Ogren won the 200 individual medley and 500 free, and both boys swam on the victorious 200-medley and 400-free relays.

Courtney Batcheller led the girls, winning the 50 free and swimming the first leg of the Lancers’ triumphant 200-free relay team.

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