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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

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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St. Francis girls run away from field at league meet

The St. Francis High underclassmen overwhelmed the field in the girls race at Thursday’s second West Catholic Athletic League meet of the year.

The Lancers placed five runners among the top 10 – all of them underclassmen – and beat runner-up Mitty by 23 points.

Freshman Julia Bounds led the way, winning the 3-mile race at Golden Gate Park in 17 minutes, 54 seconds – a league and school record.

“Julia led the race at the 400-meter mark and never looked back,” St. Francis coach Roberta Chisam said.

Bounds is the Lancers’ most seasoned competitor, according to Chisam, who described her team as “really young by age and experience.” Bounds began running on a club team at 8, Chisam said, winning several national age-group titles over the years.

Beyond Bounds, the Lancers received strong efforts Thursday from sophomore Melissa Seaman (fifth, 19:25), junior Hannah Kim (sixth, 19:31), sophomore Gia Kim (seventh, 19:35) and freshman Emily Skahill (eighth, 19:38).

“Other than Julia, the rest have not had much running experience until they entered high school,” Chisam said. “They are all developing very quickly this year.”

The St. Francis boys finished second to Bellarmine at last week’s meet. Gabe McLarnan placed second (15:49) and fellow senior Robbie Lacomble came in 10th (16:07).

At Saturday’s Monterey Bay Invitational, the Los Altos High girls edged Leland for first place. Sophomore Lauren Jacob paced the Eagles – who clipped the Chargers by three points – with a second-place time of 18:47. Teammates Katie Klein (20:04) and Kristen Adams (20:51) finished sixth and 10th, respectively.

The Los Altos boys placed second – just a point behind champion Willow Glen. Ben Zaeske ran a 16:04 for second place.

Boys water polo

Mountain View’s 14-11 nonleague win over St. Francis last week marked the Spartans’ first victory over the Lancers in at least 12 years.

Yet coach Gabor Sarusi said his team has won bigger games in recent years.

“(The Oct. 15) win was a significant win for the program and for our season, for sure, but I won’t say it’s one of our biggest wins,” he said, citing two victories over Los Altos and one against Serra last year as more significant.

Host Mountain View, which entered the fourth quarter down two goals, outscored St. Francis 6-1 the rest of the way. Rey Castillo scored three of his team-high eight goals in the fourth.

Charlie Niehaus made 12 saves for the Spartans (7-5 overall).

Los Altos cruised to a 19-10 win over visiting Lynbrook Thursday behind nine goals from Sam Lisbonne.

Girls water polo

Goalies Daniela Turner and Paige Taylor combined for 16 saves in Mountain View’s 9-0 shutout of Harker Oct. 15.

Kate Atherton and Izzy Dickerson scored two goals each for the Spartans, who improved to 7-1 in the SCVAL El Camino Division and 11-3 overall.

Freshman Kayleigh Peterson lifted Los Altos to a 6-5 win over Homestead, scoring the game-winning goal with 20 seconds left in overtime. Jenna Gavenman tallied three goals and Casey Vanneman added two for the Eagles (5-3 De Anza Division).

Seven players scored for St. Francis in a 12-2 blowout of Leland Friday in non-league play. Courtney Batcheller led the Lancers (15-0) with three goals.

Field hockey

Host Los Altos played Saratoga to a 1-all tie Oct. 15. Emma Orner scored for the Eagles (0-5-1 SCVAL, 0-8-2 overall).

Girls golf

St. Francis claimed the WCAL round-robin championship after winning all three of its matches last week to finish 11-1.

The Lancers defeated St. Ignatius (202-206 score), Presentation (202-223) and Valley Christian (201-218).

“We seem to be coming on at the right time,” coach Phil Marrone said. “It seems as though the bigger the stakes are, the steadier they play.”

Medalist Nancy Xu shot a 1-under-par 35 in Thursday’s victory over Valley Christian at Shoreline Golf Links. Bibi Liu posted the same score for medalist honors in the Oct. 14 win against St. Ignatius at Shoreline.

Girls tennis

Mountain View fell to Gunn (5-2 score) and Lynbrook (7-0) last week in De Anza Division action. The Spartans sank to 0-9 in league and 1-10 overall.

Mountain View’s wins against Gunn came at No. 1 singles (Sheila Ahi) and No. 1 doubles (Jamie Osborne and Samantha Joseph).

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