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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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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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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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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 golfers finish 5th at state


Courtesy of Phil Marrone
The St. Francis High girls golf team – featuring, from left, Nancy Xu, Caitlin Crosby, Bibilani Liu, Alexis Opsasnick, Valerie Wang and Jacqueline Sun – won the NorCal title last month.

Doomed by a bevy of bogeys, the St. Francis High girls golf team finished far from first at last week’s state championships. The Lancers took fifth out of six teams, 74 strokes behind winner Torrey Pines.

St. Francis’ top five finishers (whose rounds counted toward the team score) combined for 33 bogeys and 19 double bogeys, while totaling just three birdies.

Not the kind of day the Lancers – who claimed the Northern California crown two weeks earlier – expected or could overcome against the state’s top teams.

Although the Nov. 20 event was held in the north, squads from the south felt right at home on the course at Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel Valley. Defending champ Torrey Pines shot 364; runners-up Diamond Bar and Walnut each tallied 396 to beat fourth-place Palo Alto by 27 strokes.

“Those SoCal schools are really good,” St. Francis coach Phil Marrone said. “Torrey Pines is flat-out amazing.”

While the Lancers were less than amazing, Marrone deemed the event beneficial to the growth of his young team.

“The state tournament was good experience for us,” he said.

West Catholic Athletic League champ St. Francis won the NorCal title – the first in program history – with a lineup comprising two seniors, a junior, a sophomore and two freshmen.

“I’m pleased and excited for the girls – not only for this season, but for some seasons to come,” said Marrone, whose team had never before made it to state. “We have a solid core of young players in the top six.”

Freshman Bibilani Liu led the Lancers last week, shooting a 3-over-par 75 to tie for 13th individually. Sophomore Valerie Wang followed with an 80, tying for 30th, and senior Nancy Xu shot 84 to place 38th at state. Xu qualified for state as an individual last year, finishing 33rd.

Boys water polo

In a back-and-forth game, No. 3 Menlo-Atherton edged second-seeded St. Francis 9-7 last week in the Central Coast Section Division I semifinals.

The Lancers led 2-1 after the first quarter, but the host Bears tied the game at 3 by halftime. In the third quarter, St. Francis pulled ahead again, 6-4, only to watch Menlo-Atherton go on a 2-0 run in the fourth to force overtime. The Bears sustained their momentum in OT, outscoring the Lancers 3-1 to advance.

“It is always tough to lose your last game, especially such a well-played, competitive game like (this one),” St. Francis coach Terry O’Donnell said after the Nov. 19 semifinal. “Menlo-Atherton and St. Francis both battled, and I thought both defenses were amazing.”

Sophomore Andrew Goodenough was the lone Lancer to score more than one goal, tallying two. Shawn Welch, Trevor Raish, Quinn Vitakis, Adam Antony and Sean Elmurib added a goal each.

St. Francis finished the year with a 12-17 record and placed fourth in the ultracompetitive WCAL.

“This has been a great season for us,” O’Donnell said. “We worked hard everyday and really had a great attitude.”

Field hockey

For the second consecutive year, St. Francis’ season ended in the CCS semifinals. No. 2 Los Gatos edged the third-seeded Lancers 2-1 Nov. 20 at Leland.

St. Francis went 18-2-1 this year.

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