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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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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 upended


Shirley Pefley/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos running back Sean Lanoza tries to escape the clutches of Homestead linebacker Derek Rositas in Friday night’s game.

It’s not often that a running back can rush for nearly 300 yards in a game and get overshadowed by the opposing team, but that’s what happened Friday.

Los Altos High’s Sean Lanoza ran for 291 yards and two touchdowns, yet it wasn’t nearly enough to beat Homestead. The Mustangs sent the Eagles to their first loss of the year, 42-24, behind a ground game that accumulated 542 yards.

Lanoza’s career-best game began with back-to-back bursts of 27 yards on Los Altos’ first series and scoring scampers of 46 and 40 yards in the second half.

“I just wanted to do all I could for the team,” the junior said. “I tried my best to run the ball as hard as I could on offense.”

His head coach took notice.

“Sean Lanoza took the whole Eagle program and put it on his back,” Trevor Pruitt said. “He did a great job.”

While Los Altos leaned heavily on Lanoza, host Homestead implemented a three-prong rushing attack featuring Tim Cheng (213 yards, two touchdowns), Ryan Allemandi (177 yards) and Derek Rositas (146 yards, one TD).

“Their run game played great and our defense just didn’t have it today,” said Pruitt, whose team played most of the night without 360-pound defensive tackle Sami Fakalolo (blow to the head). “We weren’t running to the ball, we weren’t tackling well. Those are signs for disaster.”

Those signs showed up early in Friday’s contest, the SCVAL El Camino Division opener for the Eagles (5-1 overall). The Mustangs (1-1 league, 5-1 overall) marched right down the field on the game’s opening series for a touchdown. They drove 76 yards in eight plays – despite two penalties totaling 25 yards – and scored on Rosita’s 2-yard plunge.

Los Altos cut the deficit midway through the first quarter when Patrick McColl blocked a punt that Carlos Rivera-Salis scooped up and returned 10 yards for a touchdown. The Mustangs blocked the extra-point try.

Homestead was back in the end zone two minutes later, thanks to quarterback Jerome Holloway’s 30-yard pass to Bryan Erickson in the left corner of the end zone. The PAT by John Rak (of Los Altos) extended the Homestead lead to 14-6.

The Mustangs added another touchdown before halftime on Cheng's 22-yard run. Rak’s extra point made it 21-6 with 2:56 remaining.

The Eagles didn’t score their first offensive touchdown of the night until the third quarter. They opened the second half with a four-play, 80-yard drive capped by a 46-yard run by Lanoza, who made a quick cut right and raced into the end zone.

“The run blocking was superb,” Lanoza said. “I couldn’t have done it without my linemen.”

Homestead batted down quarterback Lambie Lanman’s two-point pass attempt, leaving the score 21-12 with 10:35 left in the quarter.

The Mustangs countered with a touchdown on their initial drive of the half, a 2-yard keeper by Holloway. Rak’s kick pushed the lead to 28-12, and it remained that way until the 8:33 mark of the fourth quarter. That’s when Lanman tossed a 22-yard pass to halfback Ben Roach in the right side of the end zone. Los Altos again went for two – and failed.

The Mustangs answered with yet another touchdown, a 4-yard run by Mateo Manjarrez that capped a 10-play, 65-yard drive. Coupled with Rak’s extra point, Homestead led 35-18 with 3:31 to play.

The teams traded long touchdown runs in the final minute – a 40-yarder by Lanoza with 52 seconds left and an 80-yarder from Cheng 15 ticks later.

The loss leaves Los Altos little margin for error if it hopes to win the division title. The Eagles trail Monta Vista (2-0), Cupertino (1-0) and Homestead with four games remaining.

“We gave them life,” Pruitt said of the Mustangs. “We knew that if we beat them today they’d be out of the playoff hunt and we’d be right in it. But give them credit – they came more prepared than we did, and that’s on the coaches. I take full blame for that.”

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