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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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Baty shoulders the load late


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Landon Baty celebrates his 10-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter of Friday’s 41-34 win over Serra.

With standout halfback Alex Andrighetto unable to finish Friday’s game, the St. Francis High football team turned to Landon Baty – bad shoulder and all.

The senior played through the pain to rush for a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns in the Lancers’ 41-34 homecoming victory over Serra, previously undefeated in the West Catholic Athletic League.

“Alex and I have both been dealing with shoulders,” said Baty, who totaled 68 yards on 12 carries. “I wasn’t even supposed to be running the ball today, because I dislocated my shoulder in practice on Thursday, but I had to do it.”

When Andrighetto left the game midway through the third quarter – after rushing for 90 yards and a touchdown and making a 35-yard scoring catch – the leading Lancers were hesitant to replace him with Baty, already starting at defensive back. He didn’t carry the ball on that drive – which began at Serra’s 46 after St. Francis recovered a fumble and resulted in Will Fischer-Colbrie’s 3-yard TD toss to Trillion Hebert – or the next one.

But after Serra scored on consecutive possessions to take a 27-24 lead with 7:40 to play, coach Greg Calcagno called on Baty as the Lancers took over at their 20. He looked spry from his first try, spinning his way to a 7-yard gain up the middle, and had the Lancers at midfield three rushes later.

Fischer-Colbrie followed that with a 37-yard pass to receiver Brycen Carbonel, setting up Baty’s first score. On a burst right, he dodged defenders on a 13-yard run into the end zone. Patrick Fordham’s extra point pushed the St. Francis advantage to 31-27 with 5:13 left.

The Padres gave the ball back to the Lancers three plays later when defensive back Riley Quinn intercepted a pass at the Serra 25. Baty didn’t break loose this time, however, getting St. Francis to only the 21 after three straight carries. Fordham came on for the field-goal try, drilling a 39-yarder to extend the lead to 34-27 with 2:42 remaining.

The Lancer defense stymied Serra once again – not surrendering even a yard to the Padres on their next drive, which ended with a pass breakup on fourth down.

Taking over at Serra’s 15, St. Francis scored two plays later. Baty made a quick cut left and raced 10 yards for the touchdown, raising his arms in celebration as he stepped across the goal line.

“I told the offensive line, ‘You block for me and get my back, and I’ve got your back,’ and we just took it to them,” Baty said. “Running behind two 6 (foot)-6 guys (senior tackles Ryan Popolizio and Alessandro Lenarduzzi), it’s pretty easy to get into a nice little rhythm. Coach preaches just to run hard, downhill, and I found those creases.”

Down 41-27 after Fordham’s extra point, the Padres had only 2:04 to rally. They scored in under a minute – on Matthew Fa’aita’s 7-yard strike to Hamilton Anoa’i – but failed to recover the ensuing onside kick. St. Francis ran out the final 1:28.

The win keeps St. Francis, which suffered close league losses to Bellarmine and Mitty last month, in the conversation for a berth in the Central Coast Section Open Division playoffs.

“We deserved to win this game,” Baty said. “We should be 7-0 right now.”

Instead, the Lancers are 5-2 overall and 3-2 in the WCAL, tied with Bellarmine and Valley Christian for third place. St. Francis is scheduled to visit Valley Christian 7:30 p.m. Friday.

“We’re going to celebrate tonight and we’ve got homecoming tomorrow night,” Baty said, “but Monday it’s back to business and time to get ready for Valley.”


2013 football: St. Francis High School v. Serra High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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