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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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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 advances to CCS semifinals with lopsided win over Andrew Hill


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Riley Quinn intercepts a pass in Friday’s win over Andrew Hill.

Friday’s Central Coast Section Division II football quarterfinal game pitting St. Francis High – an A-league team – against C-leaguer Andrew Hill went just about as expected.

A versus C equaled B – as in blowout.

The top-seeded Lancers routed the No. 8 Falcons 41-6 in a game that went to a running clock in the fourth quarter. Host St. Francis led 34-0 at halftime and played its starters sparingly the rest of the way.

“It went well,” Lancers coach Greg Calcagno said. “We did what we’re supposed to do, which is move on to the next round.”

Friday’s semifinal game – scheduled 7 p.m. at St. Francis – probably won’t be as easy.

The Lancers (8-3) face No. 5 Palo Alto (6-5) and Stanford University-bound quarterback Keller Chryst. The senior threw for five touchdowns in the Vikings’ 54-24 spanking of No. 4 Leland Saturday.

St. Francis quarterback Will Fischer-Colbrie didn’t need to throw much in Friday’s win over Andrew Hill (8-3). He attempted seven passes and completed three – two of them for touchdowns.

The first came on a 30-yard floater to a streaking Trillion Hebert in the final seconds of the opening quarter, pushing the Lancers’ lead to 14-0 after Patrick Fordham’s extra point. On St. Francis’ last possession of the half, Fischer-Colbrie fired an 18-yard pass into the end zone to Ryan Johnson before taking a hit.

“He can certainly throw it,” Calcagno said of his quarterback, a transfer from Mountain View High. “It’s nice that we’re able to do both – run and pass.”

The run game remains the focal point of the offense, however. The Lancers rushed for 251 yards on 26 carries Friday for a robust average of 9.7 yards per attempt.

Halfback Landon Baty led the ground attack with 106 yards on only four carries, with two of them resulting in touchdowns. After scoring St. Francis’ first points of the night on a 9-yard burst to the right side, the senior scampered 68 yards up the middle for a TD early in the second quarter. Fordham’s extra point pushed the lead to 21-0 and the rout was on.

“We were hoping to be able to run the football – we’re a pretty physical team – and we did,” Calcagno said. “If we can’t run it, we’re in trouble.”

The only trouble the Lancers experienced Friday involved ball security. St. Francis fumbled six times – losing three of them.

The Falcons lost a fumble as well and threw three interceptions. Safety Riley Quinn picked off the first pass, leaping in the air to tip and then haul in Alex Moreno’s errant throw late in the first quarter.

The St. Francis defense limited Andrew Hill to just 168 yards of offense. The Falcons converted only three of their 12 third-down plays.

“That’s what we pride ourselves on – our ability to play defense,” Calcagno said. “That’s our No. 1 priority and we focus on that all year. If we play good defense and they don’t score a lot, it makes it a lot easier on offense.”


2013 football: St. Francis High School vs. Hill High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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