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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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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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Los Altos falls to Gilroy 2-1 in softball semis


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Los Altos High senior Nikki Klepper watches a ball she fouled off late in last week’s CCS softball semifinal game.

While the Los Altos High softball team’s lone error loomed large in last week’s Central Coast Section Division II semifinal, the fifth-seeded Eagles’ lack of productivity at the plate sealed their fate in the 2-1 loss to No. 8 Gilroy.

Los Altos mustered just three hits and stranded seven runners, leaving the bases loaded in the fifth inning of the May 22 game at San Jose’s PAL Stadium.

“We didn’t take advantage of opportunities,” coach Tom Barrera said. “We got runners in scoring position and didn’t come through with the timely hit. You need to execute in those situations, and we just didn’t do a good job executing.”

Except for the first inning.

With two away in the bottom of the frame, Eagles cleanup hitter Tianna Vasquez ripped a ground-rule double (the ball bounced over the centerfield fence) to score catcher Jasmine Pedroza, who led off with a walk and stole second base.

“It was an inside pitch and it was low, and I usually hit the low pitches better,” said Vasquez, a senior shortstop headed to Willamette University. “I just went up there looking to start a rally, and that’s what I did.”

The 1-0 lead wouldn’t last for long. The Mustangs tied it up in the second on Cristyn Simpson’s two-out double down the first-base line, which scored Holly Lam from second.

Los Altos pitcher Lizzy Beutter kept Gilroy in check for the next four innings. The freshman – who struck out three and walked two in a complete-game effort – didn’t allow another runner past first base until the seventh when the Mustangs scored the unearned run that won the game.

Gilroy freshman Anna Gamboa led off the seventh with a triple to center and the next batter, Nicole Green, hit a ground ball to third baseman Marialena Ahern. The junior faked throwing to first in hopes of catching Gamboa off base, but her hard toss to Vasquez (covering third) bounced off the Eagles’ dugout fence. Gamboa raced home, beating the throw to Pedroza.

Although the Eagles (18-10-2) threatened in the bottom of the seventh – Nikki Klepper walked and Pedroza singled with two outs before freshman Kaya Agustin struck out – their best chance to score another run had come two innings earlier.

Beutter drew a one-out walk in the fifth and moved to third on back-to-back errors by Gilroy (18-12) that allowed Klepper to reach base on a grounder and advance to second. After Natalie Hollenbaugh struck out, Pedroza walked to load the bases. But Mustangs pitcher Lauren Castro got out of the jam by getting Agustin to ground out.

Castro, a hard-throwing sophomore, notched eight strikeouts while going the distance.

“She was definitely one of the better pitchers we’ve seen this season,” Vasquez said.

Castro’s defense saved her from surrendering a second hit to Vasquez. Los Altos’ co-team captain belted a ball to deep right field with one away in the fourth, only to see Rachel Tomlinson track it down.

“That girl just made a spectacular catch in right field,” Barrera said. “That would have turned into a double, if not more.”

Just another oh-so-close moment for the Eagles, knocked out of the playoffs by Gilroy for the second consecutive season.

“We worked really, really hard, and I don’t think we deserved the loss,” Vasquez said, “but that’s what happened.”

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