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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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Eagles exact revenge on Spartans


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos receiver Patrick McColl tries to evade Mountain View defensive back Junior Savu. McColl caught four passes Friday.

Friday’s football game between Los Altos and Mountain View highs was similar in many ways to last year’s meeting. Both took place in front of large and spirited crowds under the lights at Foothill College, where the team celebrating homecoming trounced its rival in week three of the season.

This time, however, the Eagles did the trouncing: 32-14.

“It’s great to flip it around and win with a team effort today,” Los Altos quarterback Lambie Lanman said. “It was very emotional for me and the whole team, especially the seniors.”

Lanman and his senior teammates had never defeated Mountain View on the varsity level – or even come close. The Spartans routed the Eagles 55-8 last year and 43-6 in 2011.

Lanman, under center for both blowouts, did his part to snap that streak Friday night. He completed 17 of his 26 passes for a total of 230 yards and two touchdowns.

“The line was fabulous today – they blocked so well,” Lanman said. “I have to credit my receivers, too. They did a great job getting free and getting open.”

Lanman capped the Eagles’ opening drive with a 47-yard touchdown toss to receiver Victor Ruiz, who outran the Spartans’ secondary on his route down the right sideline.

Los Altos’ next two possessions resulted in points as well: Matt Schroner booted a 37-yard field goal and receiver Patrick McColl snared Lanman’s 24-yard pass in the corner of the end zone.

The Spartans – who drove to the Eagles’ 13-yard line on their first drive, only to commit a delay-of-game penalty that took them out of field-goal range – scored their first points of the season late in the half. Quarterback Anthony Avery plunged over the goal line on a 1-yard keeper, set up by passes to tight end Frank Kapp (27 yards) and receiver Austin Johnson (28 yards). The extra-point attempt failed, leaving Los Altos with a 17-6 edge with 1:46 left.

After the extended halftime (due to homecoming festivities), the Eagles extended their lead with a 45-yard field goal from Schroner. Halfback Sean Lanoza rushed for 29 of his game-high 75 yards on the drive.

Mountain View’s next possession ended in disaster – a high snap to punter Esteban Rivera, who had little choice but to try a pass that fell incomplete – giving Los Altos favorable field position.

Starting on the Spartans’ 24, the Eagles needed only five plays to score. Halfback Patrick Vargas darted up the middle, untouched, for a 14-yard touchdown. A failed two-point try left the score 26-6 with 1:30 remaining in the third quarter.

Mountain View answered midway through the fourth on a 15-yard scamper by fullback Jake Butters, who shed tacklers along the way. The Spartans faked the extra point, with Avery instead throwing to Kapp in the end zone to make it 26-14 with 7:32 left.

The Eagles punctuated the win on the final play when Avery’s second interception of the night landed in the hands of linebacker Duke Myers, who returned it 43 yards for a score as time expired.

The victory boosted Los Altos’ record to 3-0 – the team’s best start since 2007.

“We’re heading in the right direction,” said first-year coach Trevor Pruitt, who took over a team that went 0-10 last season. “We’re practicing with a purpose and come into every game expecting to win.”

Mountain View, meanwhile, slumped to 0-3 – the team’s worst start of the millennium. New coach Shelley Smith is down to 23 players due to injuries.

“They’ve all been tough,” Smith said of the losses. “But this one is something to build on – we have to start somewhere.”

Pruitt, Mountain View’s offensive coordinator last season, described the win as “bittersweet.”

“I feel for those guys over there,” he said of the Spartans. “I spent a lot of time with those kids and don’t want to see them sad. I wish the best for them.”

Los Altos is scheduled to visit Mills 2 p.m. Saturday; Mountain View has a bye.

Lancers win again

St. Francis’ shutout streak came to an end, but not its winning streak. The Lancers beat visiting Skyline 35-12 Friday night.

The Lancers – who opened the season by shutting out Oak Grove and Palma – surrendered their first points of the year with 2:59 left in the first half.

St. Francis still held a commanding 28-6 lead and added to it with a touchdown on the opening play of the second half. Alex Andrighetto, who had already scored on runs of 8 and 40 yards, returned the second-half kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown.

Panthers fall to Trinity

Pinewood fell behind early and never recovered in Friday’s 58-36 loss to Trinity Christian in eight-man football. The visiting Panthers trailed 16-6 after one quarter and 30-14 at halftime.

Matthew Murphy and Aidan Lucero each scored two touchdowns for Pinewood (1-1).


LAHS Homecoming: Football -Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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