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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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CIF survey says participation in prep sports is at all-time high

High school sports participation in California is at an all-time high, according to the results of a California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) survey released last month.

The survey shows 758,474 student-athletes are competing in California high school athletic programs, an increase of 0.08 percent compared to last year’s survey.

“It’s no surprise that education-based athletics continues to see increased participation,” said Roger L. Blake, executive director of the CIF, which governs the state’s high school sports. “All the experiences gained from being part of a high school team help produce well-rounded individuals in our communities. At its best, athletic competition can hold intrinsic values for our society.”

Along with the overall participation increase in high school athletics, three sports saw noticeable increases across both genders. The biggest increase came in water polo – a combined 2.8 percent, or 862 more participants (1.2 percent, or 179 increase for girls; 1.9 percent, or 683 increase for boys), followed by cross-country with a 1.9 percent increase, or 1,057 more participants (2.5 percent, or 604 increase for girls; 4.3 percent, or 683 increase for boys). Participation in track and field increased by 1.4 percent, or 1,375 student-athletes (1.0 percent, or 473 increase for girls; 1.6 percent, or 902 increase for boys).

Football continues to lead the boys’ sports with 102,505 participants, followed by track (55,221) and soccer (47,861), which increased participation by 0.2 percent since 2012. Basketball (43,776) and baseball (43,253) round out the top-five sports for boys.

For girls, track continues to reign as the top sport with 44,200 participants. Soccer remains a close second (43,282), followed by volleyball (40,271), basketball (33,411) – which saw a 4.9 percent dip in participation over the past year – and softball (32,097).

The CIF’s 1,527 member schools participated in the survey as part of a National Federation of State High School Associations nationwide survey.

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