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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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Spiritual Life

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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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Mountain View sinks Harker in girls water polo

There was no doubt about this one. The Mountain View High girls water polo team dominated Harker from start to finish Thursday, prevailing 17-0.

The Spartans led 5-0 after one quarter, doubling their advantage by halftime. Eight players scored for Mountain View in its first shutout of the season.

Spartans coach Drew Enlow said junior Arlynda Huerta “was strong on both offense and defense,” totaling three goals, three assists and two steals.

Mountain View, which crushed Cupertino 19-5 two days earlier, improved to 2-0 in the SCVAL El Camino Division and 6-2 overall.

Los Altos opened its SCVAL De Anza Division slate with a 14-3 loss at Gunn Thursday.

Kimberlyn Tilley scored twice and Ellen Roper had the Eagles’ other goal. Goalie Romy Aboudarham made 18 saves.

The Eagles then fell 15-6 to Leland Friday; Tilley and Ya’el Wiener scored two goals each.

Host St. Francis skunked Menlo-Atherton 9-0 Friday, scoring six goals by halftime. Courtney Batcheller totaled four goals.

Girls volleyball

Los Altos swept host Harker Thursday, raising its overall record to 6-2. Michelle Albright and Carmen Annevelink tallied 14 and 13 kills, respectively, for the Eagles.

Behind a balanced attack, Mountain View topped Lynbrook in three games Friday. The Spartans improved to 2-6 with strong performances from Megan Robinson (nine kills, six aces, 14 assists), Elyse Fitzsimons (eight kills, two blocks), Rosa Lutz (eight kills, three aces) and Moira Huang (five kills, three aces).

Earlier in the week, Mountain View lost in three games to Presentation. Maegan Nevalsky (five kills), Fitzsimons (four kills, six blocks) and Robinson (two kills, five blocks, five aces) led the Spartans Sept. 16.

Paced by Taylor Poncetta, St. Francis won three nonleague matches at home last week. The senior notched 15 kills Sept. 16 in a sweep of Menlo-Atherton, 17 in a four-game victory over Salinas and 11 Thursday in a sweep of Burlingame.

The Lancers improved to 8-4.

Pinewood opened play in the West Bay Athletic League Skyline Division with a straight-set loss at Mercy Burlingame Thursday. Mehra den Braven posted 22 kills for the Panthers, while setter Tehmi den Braven recorded 24 assists.

Pinewood, which earlier in the week swept Woodside Priory, went to 3-2 overall.

Girls golf

St. Francis remains atop the WCAL after winning both its matches last week.

The Lancers followed a 209-274 rout of Notre Dame-Belmont Sept. 16 with a 212-219 win over Presentation Sept. 18.

Bibi Liu posted the best score both days – tying teammate Valerie Wang for medalist honors against Notre Dame – at Shoreline Golf Links (par 36).

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