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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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First one in the gym, last one to leave


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier Golden State Warriors guard Kent Bazemore speaks to campers last week at Foothill College. He just completed his rookie season.

The seemingly endless amount of energy Kent Bazemore exuded during his rookie season with the Golden State Warriors – whether he was on the court or on the bench – was on full display last week in Los Altos Hills.

Speaking in front of 137 youngsters attending the Warriors Basketball Camp at Foothill College, Bazemore couldn’t stand still as he told them about his rise from small-town kid to pro basketball player.

As he paced inside the large semicircle formed by an army of attentive campers, the 6-foot-5 guard explained how he made the NBA as an unheralded rookie last year and what it will take to remain in the league.

“First one in the gym and last one to leave. It sounds cliché, but that’s what you’ve got to do,” said Bazemore, wearing a long-sleeved Warriors T-shirt, gray sweatpants and bright-yellow high-top sneakers. “You’ve got to work hard.”

Bazemore was up at 4:45 a.m. that day, he told the campers, making sure to get in an extensive workout at the team’s practice facility before heading to Foothill.

There are few days off for an undrafted player like Bazemore, entering the final year of his partially guaranteed contract.

In an interview after the June 25 appearance, Bazemore told the Town Crier he started his offseason training two weeks after the Warriors were eliminated from the NBA playoffs in mid-May. He works with Warriors staff members daily on his shooting (“I’m extending my range”), ball handling and his specialty – defense.

“I’m working on closeouts and how to defend certain players,” said Bazemore, named the nation’s top defensive player as a senior at Old Dominion University.

Despite his defensive prowess, Bazemore was ignored on draft day a year ago. He told the campers that a DUI arrest and foot injury between his junior and senior seasons didn’t help him.

But Bazemore got a chance to show what he could do in the Las Vegas Summer League, playing well enough to earn a deal with the Warriors. Although he didn’t play much as a rookie – bouncing back and forth from the Warriors and their NBA Development League team in Santa Cruz – Bazemore suited up for the playoffs.

“It was kind of like I went from two totally different extremes,” he said. “I went from not getting drafted to our team having a great chance to play for an NBA championship. It was a great ride.”

Bazemore logged 17 minutes in the playoffs, and his lone basket was nearly the most important of the Warriors’ second-round series against the San Antonio Spurs. He gave Golden State a one-point lead on a reverse layup with 3.9 seconds left in double overtime, only to see the Spurs’ Manu Ginobili drain a jumper two seconds later to win the series opener.

“That was a tough way to lose,” said Bazemore, whose team fell to the Spurs in six games.

That may have been the biggest bucket of Bazemore’s pro career, yet he’s probably still better known for his sideline celebrations. His animated antics – which include kneeling while pointing an arm to the sky with three fingers extended and the other two forming a “0” – have been dubbed “Bazemoring.” It may not rival “Tebowing” – or even “Kaepernicking” – but Bazemore’s enthusiastic support of his teammates is more popular than he ever could have envisioned.

“I just want to bring energy – whether I’m on the floor or on the bench – and be that spark for the guys,” Bazemore said. “I would have never thought in a million years that the ‘Bazemoring’ thing would be what it is. It’s kind of a big deal in the Bay Area. You take a picture with a fan and they want you to do it. It’s crazy.”

Bazemore isn’t one to shy away from fans – especially youngsters like those he met at Foothill.

“It’s probably the most underrated part of the game – the influence you have on young kids,” he said. “It’s crazy, because growing up, you idolize players and do the stuff they do, and then to actually have someone (idolize you), it’s gratifying.”

Bazemore has come a long way since his days as a youth in Kelford, N.C., which he pointed out has only twice as many people as last week’s sold-out camp drew.

But Bazemore isn’t ready to proclaim that he’s made it. He recalled being ranked 499th out of 500 players by ESPN at the start of last season – something that’s motivated him to improve.

Bazemore reminds himself of this by writing “499” on one of his shoes before each game.

“I’m sure every player has doubters – it happens in the game of basketball – and people handle it differently,” he said. “I’ve embraced it.”

And Bazemore said that no matter how good he gets and how long he plays, the “499” stays.

“No question,” he said. “It’s something that’s going to stick.”

For more photos from Bazemore's visit to the Warriors Basketball Camp, click here.


Kent Bazemore visits Warriors Basketball Camp - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Los Altos Town Crier

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