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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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LASD students compete in Junior Olympics


Photo By: Craig Carlson/Special to the TOwn Crier
Photo Craig Carlson/Special To The Town Crier Gardner Bullis School sixth-grader Taylor Mozart competes in hurdles.

Los Altos School District fourth- through sixth-graders competed in the 53rd annual Junior Olympics April 27 at Mountain View High School.

Events included the 400-meter relay, the 75-yard dash, the 60-yard hurdles, the standing long jump, chin-ups, jump rope, the softball throw and the basketball free throw.

According to organizers, the annual program encourages participants to strive to perform their best and stresses good sportsmanship and the importance of healthful competition.

Records set at this year’s games include:

• Almond School sixth-grader Alan Guo jumped rope 145 times in 30 seconds, beating the previous record, set in 1984, by 20.

• Almond fifth-grader Dean Tan jumped rope 114 times in 30 seconds, beating the previous record, set in 1995, by nine.

• Covington School fifth-grader Annika Coleman completed 28 chin-ups, beating the previous record, set in 2002, by two.

• Gardner Bullis School fourth-grader Laura Mackenzie completed 24 chin-ups, beating the previous record, set in 2001, by one.

• Almond fourth-grader Jamie Baum threw a softball 129 feet, beating the previous record, set in 1990, by a little shy of 3 feet.

• Springer School fifth-grader Milana Sarathy completed the hurdles competition in 9.0476 minutes, beating the previous record of 9.25 minutes.

• Santa Rita School fourth-grader Charlie Kinne completed the hurdles in 9.1584 minutes, beating the previous record of 9.23 minutes.

Relay records

Students set records in this year’s relay races, as well.

Girls: Oak Avenue School’s fourth-grade White Team beat the previous record by 0.33 seconds, its fifth-grade White Team beat it by 0.48 seconds and Loyola School’s sixth-grade Red Team finished 0.26 seconds ahead of the record.

Boys: Loyola’s fifth-grade Blue Team beat the standing record by 1.43 seconds, its fifth-grade White Team beat it by 0.54 seconds and Oak’s fifth-grade Red Team finished 1.49 seconds ahead of the old record.

For more photos from the 53rd annual Junior Olympics, click here.

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