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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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LA gymnasts awarded for good grades


Photo By: Courtesy of Shannon Thoke
Photo Courtesy Of Shannon Thoke

The Los Altos High gymnastics team, pictured with members of the Mountain View High squad, notched a 3.556 GPA this season.

The Los Altos High gymnastics team last month won a Central Coast Section Spring Season Scholastic Championship Team Award for posting the highest grade-point average in its sport.

Boasting a collective GPA of 3.556, the Eagles edged runner-up St. Francis High (3.5144) for top honors.

Los Altos gymnastics coach Shannon Thoke said her gymnasts – especially the upperclassmen – had good reason to maintain good grades.

“We have a lot of seniors, and they tried to keep their GPAs up to get into great colleges,” Thoke said.

None of the seniors plan to continue their gymnastics careers in college, but Thoke said the sport helped get them there.

“I think that they have the ability to focus on their academics while still having the same focus on their gymnastics career. Especially those girls who were seniors, it was good for their resume,” she said, “Not only was it good for their athletic career, but it also helped their academics as well.”

Erin Woolley, a graduating senior headed to UC Davis in the fall, agrees with that notion.

“For me, at least, I find it hard to concentrate for too long; gymnastics is a nice way to get away from that, and then go back to studying,” Woolley said. “You have a responsibility to do schoolwork, but you can’t miss practice. It definitely conflicts, but it is doable.”

Woolley was one of several team members who took Advanced Placement (AP) courses, which often require extra homework.

“(We) would bring homework to meets and work on it when (we’d) have extra time,” she said. “(It’s) not something you would see in the past, but definitely good because no one wants to go home and work on homework after a meet.”

Woolley’s two senior teammates are headed to college as well. Monica Hsu will join Woolley at Davis and Kelli Yamaguma will attend Cal State Fullerton.

Other members of the team who contributed to winning the scholastic award include junior Emma Orner, sophomore Tori Heyman and freshmen Katie Dillon, Aleksis Kanerva and Megan Schmiesing.

Several local squads contended for the awards, instituted by the CCS Board of Managers in 1985 to recognize teams for their work in the classroom.

Two other Los Altos teams finished among the top five in their respective spring sports: boys tennis (third, 3.5878 GPA) and badminton (fourth, 3.33).

Three additional St. Francis teams contended: boys lacrosse (third, 3.2968), girls lacrosse team (fourth, 3.545) and softball (fifth, 3.5529).

Winners received a team certificate and individual certificates of commendation.

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