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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

Magazine

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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Spartans score 20 goals in girls water polo win


Town Crier file photo
Mountain View High’s Elyse Fitzsimons goes for the block.

Cupertino’s goal must have looked as big as a commercial fishing net to the Mountain View High girls water polo team, which pasted the Pioneers 20-2 Thursday.

The host Spartans put up 11 goals in the second quarter to lead 15-2 at halftime.

Nine players scored in the game for Mountain View, led by Kate Atherton’s four goals.

Senior Izzy Dickerson “had a great all-around game,” coach Drew Enlow said, notching three goals, two assists and four steals.

“She did all of this with no turnovers or ejections in the game,” the coach added.

Samantha Hartman and Hope Moseley also scored three goals each for the Spartans, who improved to 6-1 in the SCVAL El Camino Division, 10-3 overall.

Los Altos defeated Palo Alto 8-4 in SCVAL De Anza Division play Oct. 8. Jenna Gavenman paced the visiting Eagles (4-2 league, 6-9 overall) with four goals and Ya’el Weiner had three.

Boys water polo

Mountain View shut out Los Gatos in the middle quarters of Thursday’s De Anza Division game and won 7-5 on the road.

Spartan coach Gabor Sarusi dubbed goalie Charlie Niehaus the player of the game. He totaled 10 saves, blocking all four of the Wildcats’ six-on-five chances.

Rey Castillo and Matt Dunn scored four and three goals, respectively, for Mountain View (5-2 league, 6-5 overall). Castillo tallied six goals in a 17-12 win over Lynbrook earlier in the week.

Host Bellarmine beat rival St. Francis 12-6 Oct. 8 in West Catholic Athletic League action. Shawn Welch scored four goals for the Lancers (0-2 league).

Girls volleyball

Los Altos suffered its first league loss of the season – in four games to Palo Alto Thursday – but the host Eagles didn’t fall out of first. Los Altos is tied with Paly and Homestead for the top spot in the De Anza Division at 4-1.

Mountain View picked up its first De Anza Division victory Thursday, beating Monta Vista in four games. The Spartans went to 1-4 in league and 4-10 overall.

Three Mountain View players totaled double-digit kills: Rosa Lutz (14), Elyse Fitzsimons (13) and Megan Robinson (10).

St. Francis evened its WCAL record at 1-1 with a sweep of St. Ignatius Oct. 8. Jenna Adams recorded 14 kills for the visiting Lancers (15-6 overall).

Pinewood swept Immaculate Conception Oct. 9, improving to 3-3 in the West Bay Athletic League Skyline Division.

Field hockey

Kira Winner scored Los Altos’ lone goal in a 4-1 home loss to Cupertino Oct. 8. The Eagles slumped to 0-4 in the SCVAL.

Girls golf

St. Francis easily defeated Notre Dame-Belmont (209-226 score) and Sacred Heart Cathedral (225-250) last week in WCAL play. Nancy Xu earned medalist honors Oct. 9 against Notre Dame with a 35; Bibi Liu’s 40 led the way versus Sacred Heart Oct. 8.

Cross country

The Los Altos girls set a school record on the Woodward Park course (101 minutes, 35 seconds) and finished 10th in their division at Saturday’s Clovis Invitational.

Girls tennis

Los Altos topped rival Mountain View 6-1 in De Anza Division play Thursday.

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