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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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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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New Los Altos girls basketball coach eager to get started

Although it seems Los Altos High changes girls basketball coaches nearly as often as Taylor Swift switches boyfriends, Jaclyn Brode intends to stick around awhile.

“I’m not going anywhere,” said Brode, the Eagles’ sixth coach in nine years and eighth since 2001.

Hired May 14, Brode is rooted in the area – she grew up in Mountain View and still lives there – and has connections to both high schools in the district. Brode is a 2002 graduate of Mountain View High, where she played basketball and softball, and this year coached both sports at Los Altos. Brode ran the Eagles’ junior-varsity girls basketball team and was an assistant coach for JV softball.

Brode, working toward a degree in physical education at San Francisco State, said she started coaching 10 years ago. Brode has coached basketball at the YMCA and at Egan Junior High, a feeder school for Los Altos High.

Having coached a few of the girls as Egan eighth-graders prior to guiding the Eagles’ JV team last season, Brode is familiar with the players she’s inheriting.

“I love those kids – they’re a great group,” she said. “They work really hard and they’re smart.”

Brode added that she’s “excited to get started.” That eagerness and energy helped her land the job, according to athletic director Kim Cave.

“Jaclyn brings a great deal of enthusiasm and inspiration to the program,” she said. “She has a great passion for the game.”

But that’s not all Brode brings to the bench, according to Cave.

“Her knowledge, focus and ability to communicate with players is what we are looking for,” the athletic director said.

When she’s not taking classes or coaching, Brode spends much of her time working one-on-one with elementary students in east San Jose who are behind in school.

“I’m all about education and kids,” she said. “I put character above all else, and I’m going to be honest with the girls (on the team).”

Brode takes over a squad that went 19-7 last season under Kevin Lee, who was not asked back after two years at the helm. The Eagles shared the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division championship with Mountain View this year and reached the quarterfinals of the Central Coast Section playoffs.

“They had a lot of success, but there’s a lot of room to grow,” Brode said. “They have a lot of potential.”

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