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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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Robinson great at state


Photo By: Courtesy of Sarah Robinson
Photo Courtesy Of Sarah Robinson

Gunn High’s Sarah Robinson placed in both of her events at Saturday’s finals of the state meet. The junior from Los Altos Hills finished third in the 1,600 run and fifth in the 3,200.

The weather for Saturday’s track and field finals was about what’s expected in Clovis for June – hot – and that didn’t help distance runners like Sarah Robinson. She not only competed in the 1,600-meter run but the 3,200 as well at Buchanan High, where temperatures reached nearly 100 degrees.

Yet the Los Altos Hills resident beat the heat and most of the competition to earn a spot on the podium after each race. Robinson followed a third-place performance in the 1,600 by finishing fifth in the 3,200 run.

“This was my first state meet, and I am very happy about the results,” the Gunn High junior said.

Although Robinson didn’t have to race at the hottest time of the day – the 1,600 began just before 6:30 p.m. – she was back on the track for the 3,200 approximately three hours later.

“I felt a little fatigued after the 1,600 but was extremely happy that I was able to run in the 3,200,” Robinson said.

She not only ran it – Robinson set a personal record in the 3,200. Her time of 10 minutes, 26.65 seconds was just .11 seconds behind fourth-place finisher Danielle Shanahan of Bishop Montgomery.

Robinson’s 1,600 time (4:48.37) wasn’t her best, but it was good enough to beat Shanahan for third by more than a second. Robinson was in fourth after three laps, then surged to second before Nikki Hiltz of Aptos squeaked by her at the end.

“I felt that in the 1,600 I was running as conservative as possible until the final lap,” Robinson said. “During the final lap I was really pressing to catch Anna Maxwell (the winner from San Lorenzo Valley). I almost caught up to her, only losing by a second.”

The day before at the trials, Robinson ran a 4:51 to take fourth in the event (there was no preliminary race for the 3,200).

St. Francis High senior Marc Toney was the only other local athlete to advance beyond the trials. He qualified for the finals of the pole vault, finishing in a 12-way tie for first by clearing 15 feet, 5.75 inches Friday. Toney vaulted 15-10 Saturday, tying Chino Hill’s Dillon Groene for sixth.

Mountain View High’s Kolisa Nhlapo finished 24th in the 300 hurdles Friday, running a 46.52 that was 2.5 seconds off her school-record time. The junior said the poor air quality in the San Joaquin Valley affected her performance.

“I actually had difficulty breathing,” she said.

Nhlapo added that she “felt honored to attend the state meet.”

Los Altos High’s Brian Yeager placed 25th in the triple jump trials with an effort of 42-5.75.

The sophomore – who didn’t start triple jumping until the Eagles’ March 26 meet against Palo Alto – went 2 feet farther the week before at the Central Coast Section finals, where he secured second.

“I was a little bit intimidated going against the best in the state and some of the best in the nation,” Yeager said. “But it was a good experience; next year I’ll know what I’m up against.”

And what did he learn from his state experience?

“I need to work hard and strengthen my legs a lot,” he said. “The people there were really good and had strong legs – they could power through their jumps.”

Yeager said he jumped nearly 45 feet on his second attempt Friday, but it was ruled a scratch.

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