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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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Los Altos shuts out Lynbrook 30-0; St. Francis falls to Valley Christian

The Los Altos High football team kept its faint playoff hopes alive by blanking Lynbrook 30-0 Friday night.

The visiting Eagles evened their record at 2-2 in the SCVAL El Camino Division and improved to 7-2 overall.

After a scoreless first quarter, Los Altos scored two touchdowns in the second, added a field goal in the third and tallied two more TDs in the fourth.

Receiver Victor Ruiz scored every touchdown, catching passes of 62, 21, 20 and 55 yards from Lambie Lanman. Matt Schroner made three extra points and booted a 33-yard field goal.

Ruiz totaled 208 yards on eight receptions, while Lanman completed 13 of 20 passes for 316 yards. Running back Sean Lanoza rushed for 101 yards on 17 carries.

Los Altos is scheduled to close the regular season 1:30 p.m. Saturday at home against Cupertino.

VC runs over St. Francis

St. Francis struggled to move the ball or stop the run in Friday’s 21-14 loss at Valley Christian.

The Lancers mustered only 106 yards of offense (57 rushing, 49 passing), while the Warriors piled up 296 yards on the ground.

Yet St. Francis trailed just 7-0 midway through the fourth quarter. Valley Christian then added a 31-yard touchdown run from Kirk Johnson (254 yards rushing).

The Lancers answered with a 9-yard scoring pass from Will Fischer-Colbrie to halfback Landon Baty with 2:35 to play, but the Warriors tallied another TD just 23 seconds later.

Baty returned the ensuing kickoff 94 yards for a score and St. Francis recovered the onside kick, but Valley Christian’s defense held strong.

The Lancers dropped to 3-3 in the West Catholic Athletic League and 6-3 overall.

Spartans stymied again

Mountain View scored its first touchdown in three weeks, but it wasn’t nearly enough to beat Milpitas, which won 55-7 Friday.

The visiting Spartans slumped to 1-5 in the SCVAL De Anza Division and 1-8 overall.

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