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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

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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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Los Altos holds on, beats Mills 28-26


Town Crier file photo
Sean Lanoza rushed for 187 yards in the Eagles’ 28-26 win over Mills Friday night.

The fourth quarter belonged to Mills, but the football game ultimately went to Los Altos High. The Eagles held on to beat the Vikings 28-26 Friday night, despite getting outscored 19-7 in the final quarter.

Linebacker Duke Myers, who registered 11 tackles and an interception, snuffed out Mills’ two-point conversion attempt with just more than a minute left in the nonleague game.

Halfback Sean Lanoza “put our offense on his back,” Eagles coach Trevor Pruitt said, rushing for 187 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Lambie Lanman tossed two touchdown passes, both to receiver Patrick McColl.

Los Altos improved to 4-0; Mills fell to 3-1.

Girls volleyball

With a sweep of St. Ignatius, Los Altos claimed the Cupertino Classic Saturday. The Eagles improved to 12-2 for the season.

St. Francis beat Amador Valley 25-20, 25-10, 25-15 Friday in nonleague play. Taylor Poncetta had 13 kills for the Lancers (10-4).

Mountain View sank to 0-2 in the SCVAL De Anza Division and 2-8 overall with Thursday’s straight-game loss to Los Gatos. Moira Huang posted six kills for the Spartans.

Two days prior, Gunn topped Mountain View in four games, despite nine kills each from Rosa Lutz and Maegan Nevalsky.

Gunn – featuring three Los Altos Hills residents – swept Monta Vista in its next league match to improve to 2-0 in the De Anza Division and 4-4 overall.

Pinewood eked out a five-game win at King’s Academy Thursday. Mehra den Braven racked up 39 kills and 12 aces for the Panthers (2-1 WBAL Skyline Division, 6-2 overall).

Girls water polo

St. Francis dominated last weekend’s Amanda MacDonald Invitational at Menlo School, outscoring its four opponents by a combined 52-6. The Lancers drubbed Sir Francis Drake 13-3 in the final.

In WCAL play earlier in the week, St. Francis stomped St. Ignatius 13-3 behind five goals from Courtney Batcheller.

Fremont rallied in the second half to beat host Mountain View 15-11 Thursday in SCVAL El Camino Division action. The Spartans were outscored 7-2 after intermission.

“Mountain View senior Sophie Brotzel had a strong game for the Spartans,” Mountain View coach Drew Enlow said, “but a six-goal third quarter by Fremont senior Rea Brakaj was too much for the Spartans to overcome.”

Brotzel was one of six Mountain View players to score. Samantha Hartman’s four goals led the Spartans (2-1 league, 6-3 overall).

Boys water polo

St. Francis lost 12-9 to De La Salle Saturday in the fifth-place game of the St. Francis Invitational.

Three days earlier, the Lancers dispatched St. Ignatius 10-9 in WCAL play. Sean Elmurib and Shawn Welch each scored three goals for St. Francis.

Mountain View finished 15th in the St. Francis Invitational, capping it off with a 14-11 win over Monte Vista of Danville Saturday. Coach Gabor Sarusi said he was “delighted to see his young Spartan team put together a full effort for four quarters.”

Rey Castillo scored five goals for Mountain View.

Girls tennis

Mountain View last week earned its first victory of the season. The host Spartans dispatched Pinewood 4-2 in nonleague action Sept. 23.

They followed that match with league losses to Gunn (6-1 result) and Lynbrook (7-0). The Spartans’ lone win came from No. 1 singles player Sheila Ahi.

Mountain View dropped to 0-4 in the De Anza Division and 1-5 overall.

Girls golf

St. Francis suffered its first loss of the year, 225-233 to St. Ignatius Sept. 25 at Lake Merced Country Club. The Lancers – who edged Valley Christian 217-219 the day before behind co-medalist Valerie Wang’s 39 at Silver Creek Country Club – went to 4-1 in the WCAL.

Field hockey

Monta Vista squeaked by Los Altos 1-0 Thursday. The Eagles fell to 0-2 in league, 0-5-1 overall.


2013 tennis: Mountain View High School - Photos by Ellie Van  Houtte/Town Crier

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