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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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Xu rebounds to win lower flight of golf tourney


Photo By: Courtesy of Sally Tomlinson
Photo Courtesy Of Sally Tomlinson

St. Francis High’s Nancy Xu holds her award for winning the Helen Lengfeld Flight of last week’s California Junior Girls State Championship.

After just missing the top flight of 32 golfers at last week’s 64th California Junior Girls’ State Championship, Nancy Xu turned disappointment into delight by beating the other half of the field.

The incoming senior at St. Francis High, who was a stroke shy of qualifying for the Championship Flight, won the Helen Lengfeld Flight Thursday at the Monterey Peninsula Country Club. In the match-play final, Sunnyvale resident Xu edged Felicia Medalla of Sausalito in 19 holes.

“It was a pretty long match,” Xu said. “We were close the whole day and both made pretty good shots.”

Even until the 15th hole, both girls bagged birdies on 16 and Xu drained a 10-foot putt on 18 to force a playoff. That meant returning to the 400-yard first hole, not an ideal starting spot for Xu.

“It’s a pretty long par 4, which I thought was a disadvantage for me because she shot longer,” said Xu, who estimated that Medalla was driving the ball 10-20 yards farther than she was that day. “But I had a good drive on that hole.”

That drive traveled approximately 155 yards, according to Xu, which was about the same distance Medalla hit her ball.

Advantage negated.

Two strokes later, Xu made a 20-yard chip shot from the right rough for the win.

“It was really exciting,” said Xu, who notched four birdies on the day and didn’t have a bogey on the back nine.

After shooting a 10-over-par 83 on Monterey’s challenging Dunes Course in the stroke-play qualifier, Xu rebounded with three match-play wins to reach the lower-flight final.

“I got used to the greens a little bit and managed to get my game together,” she said.

In the round of 16, Xu beat Los Altos High incoming senior Kelsey Kawaguchi in a match that spanned 18 holes.

“It was just a friendly match,” said Xu, who has played Kawaguchi several times over the years, “and it was pretty close.”

Xu beat another local participant in the next round. She topped Los Altos resident Simar Singh 6 and 4 in the quarterfinals.

Singh, 13, won the tournament’s Starlets division (ages 9-12) the past two years.

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