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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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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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All-American boy


courtesy of Katy Yeager
Los Altos residents Brian Yeager (left), Danny Yeager (right) and Kelly McConnell (top) competed in last month’s USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships in North Carolina. Brian earned All-America honors in the decathlon and high jump.

Reluctant decathlete Brian Yeager has no regrets about competing in the event at last month’s USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships in North Carolina. The Los Altos resident finished eighth in his division, earning All-America honors.

“I did well,” said Yeager, who went against 18 other decathletes in the Intermediate Boys division (ages 15-16). “I think I’ll stick with it.”

Yeager took up the decathlon – comprising 10 events, from running to throwing to jumping – in the spring with some prodding from coach Dave Barth and older brother Danny Yeager, who along with fellow Los Altos resident Kelly McConnell also participated in the national meet.

“Brian did not even want to compete in the decathlon this summer, so to finish as an All-American is tremendous,” said Barth, co-head coach of the Los Altos-based Fox Athletics track club.

That wasn’t the only medal Brian won at the meet, held July 22-28 at North Carolina A&T State University. He finished eighth in the high jump to notch the final All-America spot in that event as well.

“For Brian to earn All-American in the decathlon and then come back later in the week and do it again in high jump is an incredible accomplishment,” Barth said.

Brian cleared 6 feet, 1 inch in the high jump – an inch shy of his personal record.

“I was happy with that,” said Brian, entering his junior year at Los Altos High.

Brian added that he was proudest of his performance in the 110-meter hurdles as part of the decathlon, held over the first two days of the meet in hot and humid conditions. He finished first in the race with a personal-best time of 15.86 seconds.

“That was great,” said Brian, who beat his previous-best time by 1/500th of a second. “I hadn’t practiced (the 110 hurdles) in over a month.”

Brian notched two more top-five finishes in the decathlon – in the high jump (second) and long jump (fourth). He totaled 4,901 points.

Brother Danny and McConnell finished 14th (5,870 points) and 26th (5,038), respectively, in the Young Men division (17-18) decathlon.

“Making it to nationals is a great accomplishment,” Barth said. “The fact that Danny and Kelly both finished in the top 30 in the Young Men (division) makes our coaching staff very proud.”

Danny graduated from Los Altos High in May; McConnell is entering his senior year.

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