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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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Los Altos edges Overfelt in football; Mtn. View volleyball falls to Westmont


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Elyse Fitzsimons notched eight kills for Mountain View in a loss at Westmont.

Running back Sean Lanoza’s fourth-quarter touchdown proved to be the game-winner for the Los Altos High football team, which edged host Overfelt 17-10 Friday night.

Lanoza rushed for 66 yards in the nonleague game, 10 of which came on the TD run.

The Eagles (2-0) overcame three turnovers, two missed field goals and the absence of quarterback Lambie Lanman.

With Lanman out for what coach Trevor Pruitt described as “family reasons,” receiver Patrick McColl moved from receiver to quarterback. McColl – who tossed a first-quarter touchdown pass to Victor Ruiz – “led our team to a great victory,” Pruitt said.

The Eagles are scheduled to play their homecoming game 7:30 p.m. Friday against rival Mountain View at Foothill College.

After two games, Mountain View still seeks its first points of the season. The Spartans fell 48-0 at Sacred Heart Prep Saturday; they lost 45-0 to Burlingame the previous week.

Mountain View trailed 14-0 after one quarter of Saturday’s game and 34-0 at halftime.

“Defense played well for the first quarter, (but) injuries caused some issues with depth,” Spartans coach Shelley Smith said. “(We) really did not execute very well after the first quarter on both sides of the ball.”

Mountain View committed five turnovers in total – three interceptions and two fumbles.

Pinewood kicked off its season of eight-man football with a 40-6 rout of Stuart Hall.

Girls volleyball

Mountain View dropped to 1-5 with a four-game loss at Westmont Thursday.

Elyse Fitzsimons tallied eight kills and five blocks for the Spartans; Rosa Lutz and Moira Huang added five kills each.

Los Altos split a pair of road games last week to go to 5-2. The Eagles beat Westmont in four games Sept. 10 and lost to Burlingame in four Friday.

Carmen Annevelink led Los Altos in kills both days, tallying 28 against Westmont and 16 versus Burlingame.

After sweeping Aptos to start last week, St. Francis dropped four-game matches to Bishop O’Dowd and Menlo to fall to 5-3. Taylor Poncetta notched 12 kills in the Sept. 9 win over Aptos.

Girls water polo

Mountain View went 2-1 at last weekend’s Lincoln Tournament. The Spartans bounced back from a 10-2 opening-round loss to Pioneer by beating Santa Teresa 13-6 and Silver Creek 12-3.

In the final game, freshman Kate Atherton scored five goals on seven shots.

“(That) forced Silver Creek to double-team her, which opened things up for the rest of the team,” said coach Drew Enlow, whose Spartans improved to 4-2.

The St. Francis Invitational went to the home team. The Lancers knocked off league foe Sacred Heart Prep 9-4 Saturday in the title game of the tournament.

St. Francis beat Burlingame, Mitty and Clovis West to reach the final. Senior Courtney Batcheller scored seven goals in the 12-4 semifinal win over Clovis.

Boys water polo

Host Menlo defeated St. Francis 10-5 Friday in nonleague action. Shawn Welch scored twice for the Lancers (0-1).

Girls golf

Paced by medalist Nancy Xu, St. Francis opened the season with a 202-224 win over Menlo Sept. 11 at Shoreline Golf Links in Mountain View.

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