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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Four local teams qualify for CCS in girls volleyball

The Central Coast Section girls volleyball playoffs are scheduled to open today, and four teams from the area will advance to the quarterfinals without breaking a sweat.

Los Altos, St. Francis and Homestead highs are seeded high enough to earn first-round byes, while Pinewood School is in a playoff division with only eight teams. The Eagles, Lancers, Mustangs and Panthers are scheduled to host quarterfinal matches 7 p.m. Saturday.

Los Altos drew the No. 2 seed in Division II after posting a 30-5 record and placing second to Homestead in the challenging SCVAL De Anza Division. The Eagles await the winner of tonight’s match between No. 7 Los Gatos (20-12) and No. 10 St. Ignatius (18-15).

St. Francis is the third seed in Division II, finishing 23-12 after last week’s loss to Valley Christian in the West Catholic Athletic League semifinals. The Lancers face No. 6 Woodside (21-11) or No. 11 Branham (15-14) Saturday.

Homestead, which won the De Anza Division title outright for the first time in school history, is the No. 2 seed in Division I.

Coach Gary Carroll, whose team has four Los Altos residents, believes his Mustangs (23-7) are focused on claiming the CCS crown.

“Our goal is to win it this year,” he said. “We are mentally stronger than last year, and we (aren’t fazed) by anything – not runs by our competitors, not questionable calls, not what people think, not extraneous stuff in our lives.”

Homestead hosts No. 7 Gunn (14-14) or No. 10 Oak Grove (18-11) in the quarterfinals.

Pinewood (13-11) is the third seed in Division V following a fifth-place finish in the West Bay Athletic League Skyline Division. The Panthers entertain No. 6 Trinity Christian (14-7) Saturday.

Quarterfinal winners move on to the semifinals Nov. 20.

Mountain View is the lone local team not headed for the playoffs. The Spartans finished 1-11 in the De Anza Division and 8-22 overall after league losses to Gunn and rival Los Altos last week.

Cross country

The Los Altos boys captured the SCVAL El Camino Division championship meet for the fourth straight year – and it wasn’t even close. Fifty-eight points separated the Eagles from runner-up Wilcox Nov. 5 at Crystal Springs.

Los Altos placed six runners in the top 10, each of them setting personal records on the 2.95-mile course: Ben Zaeske (second, 15:40), Andreas Godderis (third, 16:12.7), Dane Tippett (sixth, 16:18.8), Kevin Anawalt (seventh, 16:23.6), Konrad Niemiec (eighth, 16:24.3) and Kevin Glass (ninth, 16:26.6). The Eagles came three seconds shy of the team record for Crystal Springs, according to coach Dan Oren.

The Los Altos girls finished fourth, led by Lauren Jacob (second, 17:48.9) and Katie Klein (ninth, 19:58.7). Gunn, behind champion Sarah Robinson (17:04) of Los Altos Hills, placed first and Mountain View took second. Melissa Reed paced the Spartans (third, 18:53.3), followed by Amy Lynch (sixth, 19:07.7) and Carina Gwennap (seventh, 19:21.1).

All these teams have qualified for the CCS championships, slated Saturday at Crystal Springs.

The St. Francis girls and boys will join them after finishing first and second in their respective divisions at the WCAL III meet Nov. 6 at Crystal Springs.

Julia Bounds won the girls race in 18:14, the fastest freshman time in St. Francis history, according to coach Roberta Chisam. Gia Kim was third (personal-best 19:07).

Seniors Gabriel McLarnan (16:02) and Gaurav Begur (16:07) led the Lancer boys by placing seventh and ninth, respectively.

Boys water polo

Los Altos, Mountain View and St. Francis have made the CCS Division I playoffs and begin play this week.

No. 9 Los Altos (10-16) was slated to face No. 8 Leland (17-7) Tuesday night at Mountain View, after the Town Crier’s press deadline. The seventh-seeded Spartans (12-10) were scheduled to play right before them against No. 10 Salinas (19-7).

Mountain View is coming off an 11-9 loss to rival Los Altos Saturday in the third-place game at the SCVAL De Anza Division Tournament.

If the Spartans bounce back to beat Salinas in their CCS opener, they would take on idle No. 2 St. Francis (11-16) Saturday in the quarterfinals at a time and place to be announced.

If Los Altos defeats Leland, it would meet top seed Bellarmine (16-10) Saturday.

Girls water polo

WCAL champion St. Francis (23-2) is the top seed in the CCS Division I playoffs, earning a first-round bye. The Lancers Saturday are slated to face the winner of today’s 7 p.m. game between No. 8 Los Altos (11-16) and No. 9 Carlmont (12-8) at Palo Alto.

No. 10 Mountain View (17-7) – the SCVAL El Camino Division champ – is set to host No. 7 Pioneer (20-6) 7 p.m. today. The winner takes on No. 3 Los Gatos (24-3) Saturday.

Girls tennis

Los Altos and St. Francis are set to host CCS second-round matches 2 p.m. today.

The No. 4 Eagles (15-5) will face Leland (15-5) or Castilleja (12-5). The No. 6 Lancers (13-5) meet Carmel (18-3) or Aragon (11-8) at Cuesta Park.

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