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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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LA lacrosse team rolling toward playoffs


Photo By: Town Crier file photo
Photo Town Crier File Photo

Los Altos High’s AJ Guralas, left, has totaled 17 goals in the past three games.

All those goals the Los Altos High boys lacrosse team has scored lately – 53 over the past four games – haven’t gone to waste. The Eagles won every game and find themselves on the verge of making the league playoffs.

“We have been on a roll,” coach Greg Mengis said.

The latest victory – 14-11 over Woodside April 23 – guaranteed Los Altos its third consecutive winning season and put the team in prime position to secure one of the two playoff berths granted to the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division.

“This win puts us in the driver’s seat for a playoff spot,” Mengis said, “as we control our own destiny with two league games remaining.”

The Eagles were scheduled to play at Carlmont Tuesday (after the Town Crier’s press deadline) in what the coach called a “giant contest” and close the regular season 4 p.m. today at home against Saratoga.

In the win over Woodside, “AJ Guralas dominated with a monster game,” Mengis said. The sophomore tallied eight goals and three assists. Bailey Thayer and Cam Putnam chipped in two goals each.

Boys tennis

Dominating doubles, Los Altos clipped Cupertino 4-3 April 22 to end the regular season.

The Eagles swept the doubles – with Braden Holt and Christian Beck cruising to a 6-0, 6-1 win at the top spot – and received their other win from No. 3 singles player Ovi Fritsch.

Visiting Los Altos improved to 14-3 overall and 10-2 in the SCVAL De Anza Division, good enough for second place.

Two days later, Eagles Anthony Bello and Spencer Simonides combined forces to win the league’s doubles championship for the second straight year. The win qualifies the seniors for the CCS individual tournament.

The same day at the West Bay Athletic League individual tourney, Pinewood freshman Gabe Owens claimed the singles title with a 6-1, 6-0 rout of Crystal Springs Uplands’ Connor Soohoo.

Baseball

St. Francis scorched St. Ignatius 12-1 April 23. The visiting Lancers boosted their record to 10-1 in the West Catholic Athletic League and 23-1 overall.

Winning pitcher John Gavin improved to 9-0. Kort Peterson went 2-for-3, belting a home run and a double. He drove in three runs and scored three times.

Snapping a three-game losing streak, Los Altos edged host Gunn 2-1 April 24. James Oleson pitched a complete game for the Eagles, surrendering seven hits and setting down the Titans in order in the seventh inning.

Patrick McColl scored both runs for Los Altos (6-7 De Anza Division, 11-12 overall). Max Wilbur added a double.

Behind Josh Rose’s one-hitter, Pinewood beat Crystal Springs Uplands 5-0 April 23. Rose struck out five batters and walked four. He also scored a run.

Ryan Knotts contributed three hits and two runs for the visiting Panthers, while Oscar Fick produced two hits and two RBIs.

Pinewood went to 2-3 in the WBAL and 7-6 overall.

Softball

Led by Lizzy Beutter, visiting Los Altos topped Los Gatos 6-1 Thursday in De Anza Division play. Beutter pitched a three-hitter to earn the win and collected two hits.

The Eagles improved to 7-2 in league, 15-7-2 overall.

Boys volleyball

Mountain View rebounded from its first loss of the season – St. Francis swept the Spartans April 22 – by beating Los Gatos in four games. Kurt Dentinger notched 10 kills and four blocks for Mountain View in the April 24 road win.

The Spartans improved to 9-0 in the De Anza Division and 23-1 overall.

St. Francis followed the win over Mountain View with a sweep of Serra in WCAL action April 23. Steven Dinneen posted 11 kills for the visiting Lancers (9-3 league, 21-8 overall).

Golf

Los Altos Hills resident Andrew Buchanan shared medalist honors in leading Menlo to a 198-201 victory over Sacred Heart Prep April 23 at Palo Alto Hills Golf Club.

Buchanan shot an even-par 35 for the Knights, who completed an undefeated WBAL season.

Swimming & diving

Los Altos’ Austin Campitelli finished second in girls diving April 24 in a tri-meet against Monta Vista and Saratoga. She earned a score of 205.95. Teammate Lindsay Emrick placed seventh (164.5).

On the boys side, Eagles Miles Contreras (165.1) and Jacob Behar (90.45) took second and third, respectively.

The St. Francis girls routed Notre Dame-Belmont 144-34 Thursday, while the Lancer boys swam past Serra 119-66.

Courtney Batcheller and Florina Yang led the girls – winning individual and relay events – and Benjamin Ho paced the boys with victories in all four races in which he competed.

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