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News

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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Matadors dash Eagles' title hopes


Town Crier file photo
Los Altos High senior receiver Victor Ruiz, running after the catch in a recent game against Gunn, notched a season-high 12 receptions in Friday’s 35-14 home loss to Monta Vista.

The first sign of trouble for the Los Altos High football team came on the first play from scrimmage in Friday’s home game against Monta Vista.

William Major ripped off 29 yards on a sweep to the left, one of several long runs by the Matadors in their 35-14 rout of the Eagles.

“Our worst fear came true – that they were going to run all over us,” said coach Trevor Pruitt, whose team dropped to 1-2 in the SCVAL El Camino Division and out of title contention. “We planned and worked hard all week to stop the run – and on blitz pickup – and it was just a breakdown by the Eagles.”

Los Altos surrendered 412 yards on the ground to first-place Monta Vista, which averaged nearly 9 yards per carry. Major (118 yards) and backfield mate Justin Cena (211 yards) did most of the damage. Cena scored a pair of touchdowns, the first a 94-yard burst late in the opening quarter.

“Our plan was to stop No. 20,” Pruitt said of Cena, who came in with more than 1,000 yards rushing, “and we didn’t execute as well as we wanted to today.”

The Matadors scored touchdowns on their first three possessions – without throwing a pass – to lead 21-0 with nearly nine minutes left in the opening half.

But they went nowhere on their next drive, a three-and-out series that ended with a punt partially blocked by Patrick McColl.

Starting from Monta Vista’s 29-yard-line, Los Altos scored seven plays later on Lambie Lanman’s 4-yard quarterback keeper. Matt Schroner’s PAT made it 21-7 with 1:35 remaining in the half.

Los Altos had chances to cut into the lead even more – possessing the ball four times before the Matadors scored again – but came away empty each time.

The first opportunity came after Monta Vista fumbled near midfield, but the Eagles had little time left (38 seconds before the half) and mustered only an 8-yard pass from Lanman to Victor Ruiz.

Los Altos’ first two drives of the second half ended with Lanman interceptions, both by defensive back Max McCann.

Cena fumbled after the second pick, and linebacker Carlos Rivera-Salis recovered at Los Altos’ 40. But after Lanman completed consecutive passes – including a 40-yard screen to halfback Sean Lanonza – to reach the red zone, the Eagles drove in reverse. Tight end Max Wilber lost 6 yards on a screen and Lanman was dropped for a 12-yard loss on third down.

“We had spurts of greatness today,” Lanman said, “but pressure came and the offense as a whole got a little overwhelmed – myself included.”

Los Altos punted from the 36, and Monta Vista scored four plays later to take a commanding 28-7 lead late in the third quarter. The touchdown came on the Matadors’ first and only pass of the game – a 55-yarder from Ryan Manley to an open Milanko Plavsic.

The Eagles answered with a long touchdown pass of their own. Lanman connected with a streaking Ruiz on a 52-yarder with 10:46 left to play. Ruiz finished with 12 catches for 135 yards.

Monta Vista controlled the ball for the next six minutes – a drive capped by Cena’s 4-yard scoring scamper – and got it right back with an interception. The Matadors ran out the final 3:03.

While the loss eliminated the Eagles (6-2 overall) from title contention, they are holding out hope that they can make the playoffs by winning their last two games.

“It’s a heartbreaking loss,” Lanman said. “We’re going to have to bounce back and win out the rest of the season if we have any shot of making the playoffs.”

Los Altos has a bye this week.

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