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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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Eagles air it out


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High quarterback Lambie Lanman gets off a pass with Gunn linebacker Dietrich Sweat bearing down on him.

With the passing attack back on track, the Los Altos High football team dispatched Gunn 41-27 Saturday to remain in the race for the SCVAL El Camino Division title.

Quarterback Lambie Lanman completed 16 of 22 passes, setting season-highs for yards (309) and touchdown tosses (three). Wideouts Victor Ruiz and Patrick McColl tormented the Titans, each scoring on long passes and surpassing 100 yards receiving.

“It’s nice to see our pass game where it should be,” coach Trevor Pruitt said.

The week before, the Eagles mustered only 131 yards in the air and suffered their first loss of the season, 42-24 at Homestead.

“We looked at that tape and decided we needed to bounce back this week, and that’s what we did,” said Lanman, who also ran for a touchdown Saturday. “We schemed a lot, watched a lot of film, strategized and put in a lot of extra practice.”

It showed on Los Altos’ initial drive. Lanman completed his first two passes – the latter a short throw that running back Sean Lanoza turned into a 45-yard gain – and was 4-of-5 by the time the Eagles reached Gunn’s 3-yard line. But Los Altos went backward from there. Lanoza was stuffed for back-to-back losses and Lanman took a sack on third down, leading to a 35-yard field goal from Matt Schroner.

The kick cut into the early lead by the Titans, who scored a touchdown on the game’s opening series. They marched 65 yards in nine plays – eight of them runs – and breached the end zone on Noah Riley’s 1-yard keeper.

Gunn responded to the Eagles’ field goal with another touchdown – a 43-yard pass from Riley to receiver Guy Kasznik. Ofisa Pati blocked the extra-point try, leaving the Titans with a 13-3 advantage with 10:03 left in the half.

Their lead didn’t last long. Los Altos tallied three touchdowns within the next five minutes.

The scoring barrage began with Lanman’s 35-yard touchdown pass to McColl, set up by Ben Roach’s 65-yard kickoff return a play earlier.

After the defense held Gunn to a three-and-out series, the Eagles needed two plays to take the lead. Lanman connected with Ruiz for a 77-yard touchdown on a pass that the receiver tipped before hauling in at midfield. Ruiz outran the defense from there.

Schroner’s PAT made it 17-13.

The Los Altos defense extended that advantage on the next play from scrimmage. McColl sacked Riley at Gunn’s 20 and the ball popped loose. Pati picked it up and rumbled into the end zone.

McColl put an end to the Titans’ next two possessions as well. He recovered a fumble in the backfield and intercepted a pass in the final seconds of the half with Los Altos still leading 24-13.

“He’s a big-time player,” Pruitt said of McColl, who made a game-high seven catches.

The Eagles, who didn’t punt in the game, scored on three of their four second-half possessions.

Lanman capped an 11-play, 68-yard drive to start the third quarter with a quick pass to Ruiz, who dodged defenders and lunged into the end zone on the 11-yard play.

After another Riley interception – nabbed by Lanoza – Los Altos took over near midfield and scored seven plays later on Lanman’s 5-yard scramble. The PAT gave the Eagles their biggest advantage at 38-13 with 1:14 left in the third quarter.

Late in the fourth, Schroner booted a 39-yard field goal.

The win evened Los Altos’ record at 1-1 in league (6-1 overall) and enhanced the importance of Friday’s 3:30 p.m. home game against Monta Vista (3-0, 5-2).

“It’s going to be like a playoff game,” Ruiz said. “We have to fight our hardest and play to the best of our ability.”


2013 football: Los Altos High School v. Gunn High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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