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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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Spiritual Life

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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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Eagles down Redwood in NorCal semis to earn rematch with mighty Monarchs


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Joyce Christiansen-Salameh notched 14 assists and six digs in Los Altos High’s NorCal semifinal win over Redwood.

No matter what happened Tuesday, the Los Altos High girls volleyball team would have a hard time deeming this season anything but a smashing success.

The Eagles were slated to play at Mitty Tuesday (after the Town Crier’s deadline) for the Northern California Division II championship and a berth in this weekend’s state final. This is Los Altos’ first trip to the NorCal final.

“We are so excited that we have made it this far,” senior Meghan McDermott said after the third-seeded Eagles edged No. 2 Redwood (Larkspur) in Saturday’s NorCal semifinal. “I am still in shock, because I never could have dreamed we would be having such an incredibly successful season.”

Los Altos improved to 34-6 with Saturday’s road win, which went five games. The Eagles prevailed 25-22, 25-23, 21-25, 18-25, 15-11.

“The key to winning that game for us was to play loose,” said McDermott, who recorded six kills, two aces and 12 digs. “As a team, we play much better when we are relaxed. We pass well, we get kills and overall we play much better as a team.”

Los Altos did just that in the first two sets, but the Giants (42-5) swung the momentum in their favor in the middle games.

“In the third and fourth sets, Redwood fought back and started getting some really nice kills on us. In response, we tensed up and played much tighter,” McDermott said. “Fortunately, we came back together as a team in that fifth set to win the match.”

Fellow outside hitter Carmen Annevelink paced the Eagles with 19 kills Saturday. The junior added four aces, 23 digs and two solo blocks.

Senior setter Hanna Koehler contributed 10 kills and 23 assists. Senior right-side hitter Michelle Albright also notched 10 kills.

The Eagles would likely need another team effort to challenge top-seeded Mitty (39-4), the defending state champ and No. 1 ranked squad in the nation.

Los Altos took the Monarchs to five games in the Nov. 23 Central Coast Section final, twice serving for match point before losing the fifth game 16-18.

“They are an amazingly talented team,” McDermott said of Mitty, “and I know both teams are going to come out fighting for that NorCal Championship title.”

The winner is scheduled to take on the Southern California champ 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Santiago Canyon College in Orange.

Mustangs fall in semis

Homestead – the third seed in the NorCal Division I playoffs – saw its season come to a close in Saturday’s semifinals.

The Mustangs, who feature four Los Altos residents, lost in four games to No. 2 St. Francis of Sacramento. The host Troubadours triumphed 25-13, 20-25, 25-19, 29-27.

Homestead, the CCS Division I champs, finished the season with a 27-8 record.

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