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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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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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Spartans shut out in opener


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High tight end Frank Kapp is tackled after catching a pass during a 45-0 loss to Burlingame Friday.

An 87-yard touchdown by Burlingame’s Robbie Baumgarten on the game’s opening kickoff proved ominous for Mountain View in a 45-0 loss to open the season Friday.

The opening score was part of a 31-point first-half outburst for the Panthers (1-0 overall), who gained 156 yards rushing and another 108 yards through the air against the Spartans (0-1 overall). Mountain View, meanwhile, managed 193 yards of total offense – including 155 yards rushing – but committed three turnovers in the loss.

Spartans head coach Shelley Smith conceded that his team was a work in progress.

“This is a building process, and I thought we’d get off to a better start than what we did,” Smith said following his first game at the helm of the Spartans football program. “Now we have to kind of lick our wounds and start over. We’ll use it as a learning experience. We have to – it’s the only way we’re going to get better.”

Burlingame struck early and often in the first quarter. On Mountain View’s first play from scrimmage, quarterback Anthony Avery turned the ball over on a botched halfback pitch, resulting in a 34-yard field goal by Seamus Gill with 9:42 to go and a 10-0 Panther lead. Five minutes later, Burlingame struck again with an eight-play, 52-yard drive that ended an 11-yard touchdown run from Griffin Intrieri for a 17-0 lead.

Mountain View’s offense sputtered early, advancing no farther than Burlingame’s 32 in the first half. The Spartans saw a promising drive fall short early in the fourth quarter, driving 60 yards on 11 plays before Nico Mayoral dropped Jorge Hernandez’s halfback pass in the end zone on fourth-and-goal.

Still, Smith credited Avery – a converted wide receiver – for his play under center. The senior quarterback finished the game just 7-of-17 passing for 38 yards and an interception, but led the team with 55 yards rushing.

“For his first varsity game, I have to say, he did well,” Smith said of Avery. “He’s going to learn as he goes, but he’s committed to trying to get the job done.”

The Panthers added two more touchdowns in the second quarter – getting a 3-yard touchdown run from Intrieri with 10:32 left, followed by a 29-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Avery Gindraux to Steven Cosenza at 4:41.

The Panthers opened the third quarter with a pair of touchdowns in less than a minute, getting an 8-yard touchdown pass at 8:33 from Gindraux to Cosenza and a 20-yard touchdown run at 7:49 by Gill – who also converted all point-after attempts for the Panthers. Gill’s touchdown came after a fumbled kickoff return by the Spartans.

Los Altos earns lopsided win in opener

Los Altos scored 41 points in the first quarter of a 61-0 final over Burton Saturday, giving Trevor Pruitt his first win as head coach of the Eagles football program.

Senior Victor Ruiz scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams – hauling in a 51-yard touchdown pass from Lambie Lanman before scoring on an interception and returning a punt for a third score.

Lanman finished the game 3-of-5 passing for 89 yards and two touchdowns, while running back Sean Lanoza rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns on three carries – including a 79-yard scamper. Running back Patrick Vargas also scored twice in the season-opening win.

Lancers blank Oak Grove

The St. Francis football team scored four touchdowns in the first half en route to a season-opening 28-0 road win Friday at Oak Grove.

In his first game as the Lancers’ sixth head coach since 1958, Greg Calcagno saw his team’s offense combine for 222 yards rushing and three touchdowns in the win. Cameron Meszaros led the team with 76 yards rushing on 16 carries, while Alex Andrighetto combined for 60 yards on the ground and three touchdowns. Cole Cassidy added 46 yards on 10 carries as well.

Linebacker John Powers led the Lancers on defense with three of the team’s six sacks in the win over the Eagles.


2013 Football: Mountain View High School v. Burlingame - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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