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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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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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LA's Kawaguchi, St. Francis team make regional golf tournament


Los Altos High senior Kelsey Kawaguchi said her round at last week’s Central Coast Section Girls Golf Championships “had a lot of ups and downs.” Fortunately for her, it ended on an upswing.

Kawaguchi capped her round at Rancho Cañada Golf Club by escaping a bunker to save par on the 18th hole, clinching the fourth and final individual spot in this week’s Northern California championships.

Although Kawaguchi notched five birdies Oct. 29 in Carmel, she ranked the par-5 18th as her best hole of the day.

“From (the bunker), I stuck it to about a foot and half from the pin and putted it in for par,” she said. “Without that up and down, I could have been in a playoff for the fourth spot (to qualify for NorCal) as an individual.”

Although Kawaguchi’s total score, a 1-over-par 73, was the sixth-best of the day, she advanced to NorCal because two of the players who finished ahead of her are members of teams that qualified for the regional. Rules state that the top four individuals not part of a team move on.

St. Francis is among the three teams that qualified for NorCal, scheduled Monday (after the Town Crier’s press deadline) at Spring Creek Golf & Country Club in Ripon. The Lancers shot 395 to finish second to Palo Alto (391) at CCS.

Senior Nancy Xu paced St. Francis, shooting a 1-under-par 71 to tie Valley Christian’s Cristina Glebova for third.

“I had a really good day,” Xu said. “I did have a double bogey on 12, but I had three birdies toward the end of my round to get a good score.”

The birdies came on 13, 15 and 16, with Xu hitting what she ranked as her best shot of the day on the middle hole. The 160-yard shot landed 2 feet from the pin.

Teammate Valerie Wang finished in a four-way tie for seventh (74), while Jacqueline Sun tied three others for 31st (82) and fellow Lancers Caitlin Crosby and Bibilani Liu were among six golfers to tie for 36th (84).

The top three teams and top nine individuals at NorCal advance to the state championships, slated Nov. 20 at Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel.

“We definitely have a good shot,” Xu said. “We’ll keep our fingers crossed.”

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