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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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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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Bruins spoil Spartans Homecoming


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View quarterback Anthony Avery tosses the ball downfield Friday.

The Mountain View High football team dominated everything but the scoreboard in Friday’s Homecoming game against Santa Clara.

The Spartans fell 6-0, despite thoroughly outgaining the Bruins (310 yards to 173) and making nearly three times as many first downs (14 to five).

The Mountain View defense turned in its best performance of the season, forcing a turnover and seven punts while limiting Santa Clara to just four plays of more than nine yards. But one of those plays proved to be the game-winner – an 82-yard touchdown run by halfback Adam Garza early in the second quarter (the PAT failed).

Offensively, the Spartans seemed to stop themselves as many times as the Bruin defense did. Mountain View failed to capitalize on two trips to the red zone – turning the ball over on downs at the 4 on its opening drive and throwing an interception at the 18 in the closing minutes – and had a 60-yard touchdown pass called back on a penalty midway through the fourth quarter.

“That’s the story of our year,” coach Shelley Smith said of squandering opportunities, which included reaching Santa Clara’s 26 before taking back-to-back sacks and twice turning the ball over on downs at the Bruins’ 30. “That’s what happens when you have an inexperienced team – we’re going to do this.”

Smith noted that for the third game in a row, his Spartans marched inside their opponent’s 5-yard line on their initial drive and stalled. Mountain View moved from its 20 to Santa Clara’s 4 in nine plays, highlighted by quarterback Anthony Avery’s 48-yard bomb to streaking receiver Austin Johnson. Avery then overthrew tight end Frank Kapp in the end zone on third down and the Bruins got the ball back after stuffing Johnson for a 1-yard loss.

Mountain View’s first possession of the second half got off to a promising start as well. Beginning at their own 20, the Spartans drove to Santa Clara’s 26 with eight straight runs – including Avery’s 3-yard keeper on 4th-and-1 – followed by a 25-yard pass to Kapp. The Bruins sacked Avery the next two plays, however, pushing Mountain View out of scoring position.

After stalling at Santa Clara’s 30 on their next series – an 11-play drive that consumed nearly the first five minutes of the fourth quarter – the Spartans were running out of time and chances.

Mountain View got the ball back with 4:20 left, thanks to a defense that held Santa Clara to only 27 yards in the half.

“Our defense has improved dramatically over the last two weeks,” said Smith, whose Spartans surrendered only a single touchdown for the second consecutive week.

Mountain View appeared to be on its way to a second straight win when Avery threw a 60-yard strike to Johnson for a touchdown with just under four minutes remaining. The play came back, though, thanks to a flag on the Spartans for having an illegal man downfield.

“We got robbed on that call – nothing was wrong on our end,” Smith said. “It was a perfect play and a perfectly thrown ball, and we don’t have those very often. To have to a redo on something like that is kind of tough.”

Avery kept the drive alive, however, completing a pair of 20-plus-yard passes to Kapp and a 7-yarder to receiver Nico Mayoral that put Mountain View at the 18. But Avery was intercepted on the next play, a pass tipped by halfback Isaiah Jackson that landed in the arms of defensive back Alexander Rios with 1:49 to play.

The Spartans would get one last chance. Santa Clara quarterback Antonio Nazario fumbled a minute later, and Mountain View linebacker Brandon Pak recovered the ball near midfield. Avery threw an interception on the next play, however, and Santa Clara ran out the clock.

Although the Spartans sank to 1-4 overall (1-1 in the SCVAL De Anza Division), Smith isn’t giving up on the season.

“We’re getting better. From the first game we played to this game, there’s been a big improvement,” he said. “I think our kids are playing well enough that maybe we can surprise somebody.”


2013 MVHS Homecoming: Football - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

For MVHS Homecoming Court and Homecoming Parade photos, click here.

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