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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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Golfer Buchanan bound for state tourney


Photo By: Courtesy of David Buchanan
Photo Courtesy Of David Buchanan

Andrew Buchanan of Los Altos Hills tied for fourth at last week’s Northern California boys golf championships in Patterson.

There are days when an even-par round leaves a competitive golfer feeling less than satisfied. May 20 wasn’t one of those days for Andrew Buchanan.

“I was happy to get even par,” said the Los Altos Hills resident, who shot a 72 to finish tied for fourth at last week’s Northern California Boys Golf Championships in Patterson. “It was really windy.”

Those winds – which Buchanan estimated at 20-25 mph – made the rigorous Ranch Course at Diablo Grande Golf & Country Club even more challenging.

Soon after teeing off, Buchanan realized it wasn’t going to be a day of record-low rounds for those in the 96-player field, and the Menlo School senior adjusted his expectations accordingly.

“I just tried to keep it around par for most of the day to move on (to state),” he said. “I thought that making par in those windy conditions would probably do it.”

Buchanan was right. He finished only four shots behind winner Ryan Maund of Foothill High and easily advanced to the state championships. The top nine individuals – along with the first-, second- and third-place teams – qualified for state, scheduled June 5 at Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel.

“I don’t know the course, but I know the field will be really strong,” said Buchanan, bound for Southern Methodist University in the fall. “It will be a fun day.”

The Quail course is significantly shorter than the one Buchanan played at Diablo Grande, which he described as “short and skinny off the tee.” Tee shots that strayed too far left or right often landed in high weeds.

“I lost two balls in the hazards, which led to bogeys,” said Buchanan, who had as many bogeys (four) as birdies and made par on the other 10 holes. “It was tough off the tee, but the rest of the course was pretty manageable.”

The winds were not, however, making drives more of an adventure. Putting proved crucial, and Buchanan sank some long ones early. He drained a 15-foot birdie putt and a 12-footer for par.

“It was nice to putt well early on,” said Buchanan, who birdied two of his first three holes and was 1-under par at the turn. “It gives you confidence and you don’t second-guess yourself later on.”

Buchanan, who had one of the earliest tee times, capped his round by draining a 10-foot putt for par.

“Not making worse than par was really big,” he said. “By staying even, I knew I would make it to state without worrying. It was really comforting and I got to enjoy my lunch.”

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