Mon10202014

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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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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Los Altos golfer Kawaguchi wins qualifier


Los Altos High golfer Kelsey Kawaguchi didn’t let an early bogey bog her down. The senior shook off her five-stroke struggle on hole No. 3 to post the best round of her career in winning last week’s Santa Clara Valley Athletic League Tournament.

Kawaguchi shot a scorching 6-under-par 67 at Santa Teresa Golf Course, guaranteeing her a spot in this week’s Central Coast Section championships.

“I didn’t expect to shoot so low after a bogey on the third hole,” she said, “but I just kept playing it hole by hole.”

Kawaguchi nearly notched a double eagle, but her putt on hole No. 2 lipped out.

Even without it, she finished two strokes ahead of runner-up Jessica Luo of Lynbrook Oct. 22. No other golfer in the 38-player field shot below 70.

“I was slightly nervous toward the end, because I didn’t know what to expect,” said Kawaguchi, who has committed to UC Irvine. “Throughout the round, I had to keep my emotions in check, even when I had a bogey or missed a short putt.”

Kawaguchi wasn’t the lone local golfer to qualify for the CCS event, scheduled Tuesday (after the Town Crier’s press deadline) at Rancho Cañada Golf Club in Carmel. The St. Francis girls team made it after winning the West Catholic Athletic League Tournament Oct. 21 at Spring Valley Golf Course.

The Lancers – who the week before claimed the WCAL round-robin championship with an 11-1 record – beat runner-up St. Ignatius by 30 strokes at the league tourney. St. Francis freshman Bibilani Liu earned medalist honors with a 2-under-par 70.

“The girls played great – especially my No. 2, 3 and 4 players,” said coach Phil Marrone, referring to Liu, sophomore Valerie Wang and freshman Jacqueline Sun. “I’ve been waiting for the team to start firing on all cylinders, and just recently they have begun to. Hopefully they’ll keep it going through the post-season.”

Cross country

The Los Altos boys and girls teams set school records at last weekend’s Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational in Walnut.

The boys’ team time of 82 minutes, 28 seconds broke the school record set two years ago on the 2.93-mile course. They won their division with what coach Dan Oren described as “an extremely low score of just 27 points.”

Six team members earned medals for top-15 finishes, led by Ben Zaeske (second, 16:18) and Andreas Godderis (third, 16:22).

The Los Altos girls clocked a team time of 99:51, breaking a school record from 2005. Lead runner Lauren Jacob set a record as well, finishing in what Oren called “an extremely fast 17:40.”

Boys water polo

For the second consecutive season, Mountain View has swept rival Los Altos in the double round-robin portion of De Anza Division play. The Spartans edged the Eagles 9-7 Thursday after routing them 14-7 Oct. 1.

Mountain View coach Gabor Sarusi described his goalie Charlie Niehaus as “remarkable” Thursday, totaling 16 saves and limiting host Los Altos to just one goal in the first half.

But the Spartans’ 7-1 halftime lead nearly wasn’t enough to beat the Eagles, who outscored them 6-2 the rest of the way.

Rey Castillo and Matthew Dunn finished with three goals each for Mountain View (7-3 league, 9-6 overall).

Two days prior, the Spartans suffered a 6-4 setback to Palo Alto. Mountain View was held to one goal in each quarter. Niehaus made seven saves and scored a goal on a length-of-the-pool lob.

Girls water polo

St. Francis remains undefeated, though Sacred Heart Prep gave the Lancers a scare Oct. 23. St. Francis eked out a 12-11 win over the visiting Gators.

Courtney Batcheller scored six goals for the Lancers, who upped their record to 5-0 in the WCAL and 18-0 overall.

With a pair of victories last week, Mountain View extended its winning streak to seven games.

“The team is really coming together and improving with every game,” said coach Drew Enlow, whose squad went to 9-1 in the SCVAL El Camino Division and 14-6 overall.

The Spartans stymied Santa Clara 12-3 Thursday and topped Fremont 7-3 Oct. 22.

Samantha Hartman scored a season-high six goals against Santa Clara. She and Krysta Korpontinos led Mountain View with two goals each versus Fremont.

Volleyball

Los Altos can all but clinch the De Anza Division title in this second-to-last week of the season by beating the two other teams in contention.

The Eagles (7-1 division) were scheduled to host Homestead (8-1) Tuesday – after the Town Crier’s press deadline – and visit Palo Alto (6-2) 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

The Eagles beat Homestead in the first half of the league season, but they lost to Paly.

Los Altos (23-3 overall) last week swept both its opponents – visiting Gunn Oct. 22 and host Los Gatos Thursday. Junior Carmen Annevelink tallied 16 kills in each match.

Mountain View’s struggles continued last week, with the Spartans swept by Palo Alto and Homestead. Mountain View sank to 1-8 in the De Anza Division and 5-17 overall.

Rosa Lutz led the Spartans in kills both days, notching six against Homestead Oct. 22 and seven versus Paly Thursday.

Homestead received 18 kills from Los Altos resident Casey Carroll against Mountain View.

Pinewood, hosting its annual Dig Pink Rally to raise funds for breast cancer research and treatment, defeated King’s Academy in five games Thursday. Mehra den Braven posted a season-high 40 kills for the Panthers, who improved to 5-4 in the West Bay Athletic League Skyline Division and 12-9 overall.

Two days earlier, Pinewood swept Eastside Prep behind 17 kills from den Braven and 20 assists from her sister, Tehmi.

Field hockey

A 4-0 loss to Los Gatos Thursday dropped Los Altos to 0-10-2 in the SCVAL and 0-12-2 overall.

Girls tennis

Mountain View endured another rough week, losing both matches by 7-0 scores. The Spartans slumped to 0-11 in the De Anza Division and 1-12 overall.

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