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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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Three local girls finish in top 11 at state meet


Courtesy of Kristin Colonna
Pinewood’s Nicole Colonna, center, placed eighth in the Division V girls race Saturday at the state meet in Fresno.

Local girls didn’t rule Saturday’s CIF State Cross Country Championships, but they came pretty close.

Gunn High senior Sarah Robinson and Pinewood School junior Nicole Colonna finished among the top 10 in their respective races, Los Altos High sophomore Lauren Jacob placed 11th and Mountain View High senior Melissa Reed took 22nd.

Robinson – a Los Altos Hills resident – Colonna and Jacob ran the fastest times among runners from the Central Coast Section in their respective divisions.

CCS champ Robinson finished fourth in Division I and seventh overall Saturday at Woodward Park in Fresno. She ran the 3.1-mile course in 17 minutes, 16 seconds. That was the fastest time ever run by a CCS girl at state until San Lorenzo Valley’s Anna Maxwell clocked a 17:08 a few hours later in the Division IV race.

“I think overall I was happy with my performance,” said Robinson, who broke her personal record on the course by 40 seconds. “I think I could have finished stronger, but I am glad I improved my time.”

So did her coach PattiSue Plumer.

“Sarah ran a great race (Saturday),” said Plumer, whose team finished 14th at state. “The DI race was the most competitive race of the day and it went out really fast; the first mile was about a 5:20 pace. She went for it and hung on for a huge PR but didn’t quite have the closing speed she needed after going so fast.”

Robinson’s effort was good enough to earn an invitation to Saturday’s national meet in Portland, Ore., where she is slated to compete against the top high school runners in the country.

Fellow Los Altos Hills resident Colonna came in eighth in the Division V race with a time of 19:17.

“I was happy to place in the top 10 at the state meet,” she said. “I worked hard this year, put in a lot of miles, and finishing eighth against tough competition is fantastic.”

Jacob led the Los Altos girls, who placed 20th as a team in Division II, by finishing under 18 minutes for the first time on a 5-kilometer course. Jacob’s time of 17:52 broke her school record on the course by 24 seconds. It was good enough to take 26th overall.

Mountain View’s Reed finished 40th overall after running the Division I race in 18:08. Teammate Amy Lynch placed 127th overall and 56th in Division I with an 18:44.

Ailing St. Francis High freshman phenom Julia Bounds finished 154th in Division II. Coach Roberta Chisam said Bounds, suffering from bronchitis for more than a week, “had all the intentions to run a strong race, (but) her body was not ready.”

St. Francis placed 16th as a team, paced by sophomore Melissa Seaman (66nd, 19:06). Seaman and the Lancers’ next-best finishers – freshman Emily Skahill (99th, 19:36), and junior Hannah Kim (106th, 19:40) – also ran personal-best times on the course.

The St. Francis boys finished 12th in their division, powered by sophomore Xander Olivero’s 39th-place time of 15:56. Senior Gaurav Begur (16:24) was 80th.

The Los Altos boys placed five spots behind St. Francis in Division II. Sophomore Ben Zaeske led Los Altos, finishing in 16 minutes flat for 42nd place.

This marked Zaeske’s best time on a 5k course, according to coach Dan Oren.

Three other Eagles placed in the top 130: seniors Dane Tippett (99th, 16:36), Konrad Niemiec (128th, 16:51) and Kevin Glass (130th, 16:51).

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