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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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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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St. Francis girls golf team claims NorCal title, heads to state


Courtesy of Phil Marrone
The St. Francis High girls golf team shows off the championship trophy it won at last week’s Northern California final. The Lancers advance to the state championships next week in Carmel Valley.

The St. Francis High girls golf team didn’t have a player shoot better than 6-over-par at last week’s Northern California championships in Ripon, but it didn’t matter. The Lancers still won the team title.

That’s because no participant shot below par at the Nov. 4 event – played in windy conditions on the challenging course at Spring Creek Golf and Country Club – and St. Francis was the only team to have four competitors post scores below 90.

“The course was deceptively difficult,” said coach Phil Marrone, whose Lancers shot 423 to top runner-up Palo Alto by six strokes. “The scores were much higher than I expected, but the girls hung tough and won. The back of our order finished really strong with some of their best individual scoring of the year.”

Senior Nancy Xu and sophomore Valerie Wang led St. Francis with rounds of 6-over-par 79, tying for sixth individually. Freshman Bibilani Liu and senior Caitlin Crosby each shot 87, while freshman Jacqueline Sun tallied a 91 to round out the Lancers’ top five finishers (which make up the team score).

Xu, who advanced to NorCal as an individual last year, described her team’s effort as “one of our best performances of the season.” The Lancers finished second at Central Coast Section championships the previous week and won the West Catholic Athletic League crown a week before that.

“I feel like, as a whole, the team did really well on average,” Xu said. “We were consistent.”

St. Francis – along with Palo Alto and third-place Amador Valley (444) – advance to the state championships, scheduled Nov. 20 at Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel Valley.

Los Altos High senior Kelsey Kawaguchi, who competed at NorCal as an individual, won’t be joining them. She shot a 10-over-par 83 and missed qualifying for state by two strokes.

“The course was tough (Nov. 4) and the wind and the greens were the fastest I have played in a little while,” Kawaguchi said. “After hitting what I thought was a perfect second shot onto the green, my ball bounced off the green and into the (out of bounds) behind it. The course was playing a little bit longer with the strong winds sometimes. I learned from my mistakes and know what I need to work on.”

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