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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MV edges LA in boys hoops


pecial to the Town Crier Mountain View’s Corey Fitz shoots over Pinewood player Kyle Murphy in last week’s game, the season opener for both basketball teams. Pinewood prevailed 31-21. The Panthers and Spartans each took third at a tournament last weekend.

The Mountain View High boys basketball team has found points hard to come by this season, but the Spartans didn’t need many to beat rival Los Altos.

Mountain View edged the Eagles 37-36 Saturday in the third-place game at the Cupertino Tournament. The Spartans – who four games into the season have yet to exceed 40 points – made six shots in the first half, but they were all 3-pointers.

Los Altos coach Bob McFarlane said his squad “came out sluggish” before battling back in the second half behind better defense. The Eagles were in position to make the game-winning shot, but they botched the inbound pass with 1.5 seconds left.

Los Altos, which upset Bellarmine 52-47 Friday behind Joey Malgesini’s 16 points, fell to 1-2. The Spartans improved to 2-2.

Pinewood, which opened the season with a 31-21 home win over Mountain View Dec. 3, finished third in the Redwood Classic last weekend in Booneville.

The Panthers went 3-1 in the tourney, beating Bentley 64-44 in the third-place game behind Greg Naumann’s 26 points.

Girls basketball

Pinewood blasted Homestead 67-15 Thursday in the season-opening Lynbrook Tournament.

The Panthers jumped to a 35-6 lead by halftime and didn’t allow the Mustangs to score more than five points in any quarter.

Leeana Bade scored 13 points for Pinewood; Monique McDevitt and Chloe Eackles added 12 each.

Mountain View opened its season with a 41-36 loss to Lowell Dec. 4 in the Mills Tournament. Jayme Hughes tallied 10 points to pace Mountain View.

Third-quarter troubles doomed St. Francis in a 67-55 season-opening loss at Scotts Valley Dec. 4. The Lancers were outscored 18-9 in the period.

Daisha Abdelkader totaled 14 points for St. Francis and Dagney Duncheon contributed 10.

The Lancers rebounded Saturday, defeating Skyline 48-39 behind Adriana Frazier’s 17 points.

Los Altos secured its first win of the season Thursday, defeating Christopher 51-26 on the road. Rebecca Andrews scored 11 points for the Eagles (1-1); Meghan McDermott and Katie Munro contributed nine each.

Girls soccer

Los Altos split its first two games of the year, following a 3-0 loss to Woodside Dec. 3 with a 9-1 shellacking of Mills Saturday at the Burlingame Tournament.

Freshman Emily Pye tallied three goals and junior Allie Crum scored two.

St. Francis opened its season with a 7-0 rout of Scotts Valley Dec. 4. Annie Kingman and Sophia Villalta each scored twice.

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