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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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A pitch-perfect performance


Photo By: Town Crier file photo
Photo Town Crier File Photo

St. Francis High pitcher Michael Strem threw a perfect game in the Lancers’ playoff opener against Monta Vista last week.

In last week’s Central Coast Section Division I playoff opener, Michael Strem pitched the first perfect game in St. Francis High baseball history. Now he wants to help the Lancers accomplish something they haven’t done in recent history.

It’s been 12 years since St. Francis last won a section title.

“At the start of the season, our goal was to win CCS,” said Strem, who needed only 66 pitches to complete his rare feat in the 2-0 win over Monta Vista May 15, “and we’re halfway there.”

Top-seeded St. Francis (27-4) can get a step closer to that goal with a win in today’s semifinal against No. 5 Palo Alto (18-15), scheduled 7 p.m. at Municipal Stadium in San Jose.

Strem is scheduled to be on the mound for the Lancers, who beat Paly 3-1 Feb. 23. The senior, who didn’t pitch that day, expects the Vikings to be a formidable foe.

“They’re a good overall team,” he said. “We’ve got to play well to beat them.”

While the righty knows he can’t top his perfect game – the first of his baseball career – Strem said Sunday, “I’m ready to go.”

He made such quick work of 16th-seeded Monta Vista that his arm felt good enough to pitch in relief Saturday. He threw five pitches to get the final out in the 3-0 quarterfinal win over No. 9 Valley Christian. Starter John Gavin earned the win, allowing six hits and striking out seven.

Strem struck out eight in his gem, scoreless until the sixth. That’s when the Boston College-bound pitcher started thinking he could achieve perfection.

“I couldn’t really focus on it until we scored, which was a relief,” Strem said. “Taking the lead gave me more adrenaline because we were in position to win.”

Mark Cardinalli drove in both runs for the Lancers in a game Strem won’t soon forget.

“I’ll remember it for the rest of my life,” he said. “It was special.”

Eagles ousted in opener

Although Los Altos didn’t go far in the CCS Division II playoffs – losing Thursday’s opener 10-0 at No. 5 Willow Glen – first-year coach Donnie Ecker said just getting there was an accomplishment under the circumstances.

“If you would have told me I was going to lose my three top pitchers – Lambie Lanman, Matt Bicker and Nick Ni – to season-ending injuries, and I was going to have one senior in our program, but (we) were going to make CCS, I would have said, ‘No way,” he said.

James Oleson took the loss for the Eagles (16-15), who totaled four hits, two by Steven McLean.

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