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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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Brushback caps stellar season, moves on to the next one


Courtesy of Kris Mims
Brushback Baseball Club’s 12-and-under team recently capped a 56-24 season. Front row, from left: Cole Baker, Nate Geiger, Zach Espiritu, Phillip Carey and Jared Norris. Back: Assistant coach Jojo Perez, Ethan Jean, Justin Nam, Derrick Turner, Johnson Ku, Stephen Johnson, Ryan Swearingen and head coach Kris Mims.

Playing a game known for numbers, Brushback Baseball’s 12-and-under team posted plenty of impressive stats.

The local travel team recently capped a 56-24 season that included six tournament titles, three second-place finishes and the sixth spot at a prestigious tournament in Cooperstown, N.Y. Brushback ranked second in points among USSSA Majors teams from Northern California.

“The kids worked hard and it showed,” head coach Kris Mims said.

Brushback notched 10 shutouts and was blanked only twice all season. The team won 23 games on the 10-run mercy rule and averaged 7.44 runs per game.

Brushback got off to a so-so start, returning from an October trip to Las Vegas with a 12-12 record. Several rainouts followed, according to Mims, and the team didn’t play again until early January.

The team “took off” from there, the coach said, winning 44 of its final 56 games. Brushback went 5-1 in its bracket at Cooperstown – losing to the eventual champ – before splitting its last two games in the single-elimination playoffs. The squad belted 13 home runs in the tourney, five of them from Derrick Turner.

Turner topped the team in homers (nine) and RBIs (74) this season. Johnson Ku led Brushback in hits (86), runs (82), doubles (11) and stolen bases (56). Justin Nam pitched a team-high 61 innings, racking up the most wins (eight) and strikeouts (74) and the lowest ERA (2.93). Nate Geiger finished with the best fielding percentage (.983).

“Overall it was a great 12U season for Brushback Baseball,” Mims said. “Let’s hope that in 2013-2014 we will continue to build on that success.”

The team began its 13U season last week.

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