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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Eagles miss football playoffs; Lancers land top seed in DII

The Los Altos High football team’s 8-2 record wasn’t enough to make the postseason. Two teams finished ahead of the Eagles in their bid for the final berth in the Central Coast Section Division II playoffs, according to coach Trevor Pruitt.

While disappointed, Pruitt was pleased with how his team finished the year. The Eagles clobbered Cupertino 44-20 Saturday – a week after blanking Lynbrook 30-0 – to take third in the SCVAL El Camino Division at 3-2.

“We have played our best football the last two games, and we really wish we were in the playoff mix,” he said, “but we understand how things work and we are still proud of the season we had.”

Although Los Altos posted a better record than several squads that advanced to CCS, it lacked the necessary power points – based not only on wins but strength of schedule – to qualify.

“Our plan is to schedule some tougher non-league games next year,” said Pruitt, who took over a team that went winless in 2012.

The host Eagles fell behind 13-0 in Saturday’s finale, but they scored the next 30 points to take a comfortable lead by halftime.

Sean Lanoza scored twice for Los Altos (30-yard interception, 26-yard catch), as did Patrick McColl (8- and 40-yard receptions). Lambie Lanman threw four touchdown passes, including a 71-yarder to Victor Ruiz.

St. Francis seeded first

St. Francis (8-2) has landed the top seed in CCS Division II, which it won last year, and is slated to host No. 8 Andrew Hill (8-2) 7 p.m. Friday in the quarterfinals.

The Lancers closed the regular season with a 42-13 rout of visiting Sacred Heart Cathedral Friday to finish fourth in the West Catholic Athletic League at 4-3.

St. Francis scored its first touchdown 13 seconds into the game – a 15-yard run by Landon Baty that followed an Irish fumble – and led 42-7 at halftime.

Delvin Hurtado rushed for 88 yards for the Lancers and Will Fischer-Colbrie was 3-for-4 passing for 75 yards and a touchdown.

Spartans stumble again

Mountain View concluded its season of struggles with a 39-35 loss to visiting Fremont Friday.

The setback guaranteed the Spartans a last-place finish in the SCVAL De Anza Division at 1-6 and dropped them to 1-9 overall.

Mountain View was outscored 28-14 in the second half Friday.

Anthony Avery threw four touchdown passes for the Spartans, two of them to tight end Frank Kapp. Austin Johnson caught one scoring pass and recorded a team-high 14 tackles.

– Joe Schram contributed to this report

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