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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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Lancers claim another CCS crown in gymnastics


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Melissa Seaman was one of four St. Francis gymnasts to win an event at the CCS meet.

The St. Francis High gymnastics team didn’t quite reach its goal of posting the best score in school history at the Central Coast Section championships, but the Lancers did forge new ground in winning the meet.

Although St. Francis has captured all four individual events at CCS before, last week marked the first time a different member of the team won each of them. Kelsey Celaya claimed the vault, Abby Purnell won the uneven bars, Tessa Divita finished first on the balance beam and Melissa Seaman took home top honors on the floor exercise May 15 at Gymtowne in South San Francisco.

“We’ve never done that before – have a different girl win each event,” said coach Lynn Horiye, who guided the Lancers to their 14th consecutive CCS crown and 18th overall. “I don’t know if it’s ever been done.”

Dominating with depth, St. Francis posted a team score of 152.250 – just 0.250 shy of its best showing at CCS. Runner-up Lowell totaled 147.50; Los Altos finished fourth at 141.525.

“We had a good meet,” Horiye said. “The girls wanted to (make school history) and were a little disappointed that they didn’t, but the judging is harder at CCS.”

Yet three Lancers notched their best scores in winning individual events at the meet: sophomore Celaya on the vault (9.825), freshman Divita on the beam (9.7) and sophomore Purnell on the bars (9.9). Freshman Seaman’s 9.8 on the floor was just 0.10 off her top score of the season and 0.25 better than runner-up Alicia Woo of Tracy.

The only thing the Lancers didn’t win at CCS was the all-around title, which went to Lowell’s Jolie Chiu (38.550). Purnell placed a close second (38.525).

“She had her best meet,” Horiye said.

Seaman took third (38.350) and sophomore Celaya came in fifth (38.150).

Mountain View’s Elaine Silverman finished sixth with an all-around score of 38.0, while teammate Emilia Mancilla placed 15th (36.175). One of the Spartans’ four gymnasts scratched on the vault, which prevented them from placing in the team competition, according to coach Shannon Thoke.

Kelli Yamaguma led Los Altos, tying Mountain View’s Elizabeth Murray for 17th (35.850).

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