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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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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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Kim captures Calif. Women's Amateur title

Lauren Kim said her four weeks in Korea to start the summer could be the longest she’s gone without playing golf since taking up the game. But it wasn’t intentional – the Los Altos resident lugged her clubs, only to discover she was staying far from the nearest course.

“I was in the middle of a city and didn’t have a car,” said Kim, who was there to take classes and learn the language. “I was able to swing, but I didn’t get to hit many balls.”

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When she returned at the end of July, the Los Altos High graduate realized there was a payoff to the layoff.

“I came back refreshed and more motivated,” said Kim, entering her sophomore year at Stanford University.

A month later – playing her first tournament in more than two months – Kim won the 47th annual California Women’s Amateur Championship. Kim edged Tiffany Lim of San Jose in the match-play final, rallying from 4 down Aug. 27 at Quail Lodge Golf Club in Carmel Valley.

Kim had never played in the five-day event, which attracts top amateurs from throughout the state and beyond.

“I didn’t expect to make the final,” she said. “I was using (the tourney) to see where I was and what I needed to work on more. It was a pleasant surprise.”

After two solid rounds of stroke play, Kim survived 36 holes of match play each of the next two days to reach the final.

“Putting was kind of rough – the greens are really tricky – but overall it was a really good week,” she said. “I felt good about my ability to execute shots when I needed them.”

Kim needed plenty of those shots toward the end of the final against Lim, whom she considers a good friend. Kim was 4 down with six holes remaining.

“I was running out of holes and out of time,” Kim said. “I was thinking, ‘Now is the time to do something.’”

Kim gained ground on the next hole, shooting par on No. 13 while Lim bogeyed. Kim bagged birdies on the following two holes – both of which Lim parred – and birdied 17 to tie the match. Both players bogeyed the 18th, forcing an extra hole to determine the winner.

The 37th hole of the day proved to be the last. Kim shot par on No. 1; Lim bogeyed.

“My last putt to win it was pretty special,” Kim said of the 5- to 6-footer. “When I was standing over it, I knew what was on the line, and I made it.”

With summer winding down, Kim is preparing to return to Stanford and embark on her second season with the golf team. The Cardinal’s first event was scheduled this week in Tulsa, Okla. – nearly two weeks before classes begin at Stanford.

“I’m excited to get started,” Kim said.

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