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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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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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Mountain View High girls soccer team driven to make CCS playoffs once again


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High freshman Allie Coyne heads the ball in last week’s game against Santa Clara

Don’t be fooled by the lack of licensed drivers on the Mountain View High girls soccer team – the Spartans are still steering toward a berth in the Central Coast Section playoffs.

“I think trying to make CCS is always the main goal for our program, so that doesn’t change,” said coach Ivan Bandov, whose young team is off to a 3-1 start.

Although Mountain View has an overwhelming number of underclassmen – 14 of the 19 players, nine of whom are sophomores – nearly half the team has varsity experience. Six of the eight returnees started on last season’s squad, which reached the playoffs after finishing second in the formidable SCVAL De Anza Division.

Midfielders Erica Higa and Danna Weintraub are tri-captains with another senior, defender Neha Cheemalavagu. Juniors Morgan Matthews and Morgan DeAngelis return to the starting lineup as well, along with fellow forward Ysabel Baluyot, a sophomore.

All but center back Cheemalavagu – whose main job is to prevent goals, not score them – produced points last season. They combined for 40 goals and 46 assists. Baluyot topped the team in goals (14), followed closely by Matthews (13). Higa’s 26 assists were more than three times as many as the next-best player in that category.

Matthews and Baluyot each scored a pair of goals in Mountain View’s 4-1 win over Santa Clara Dec. 10, while Higa notched two assists.

New starters include returnees Rachel Ng, a sophomore defender, and senior goalie Sophie Brotzel, who “has been solid,” Bandov said.

Three newcomers are also playing significant roles on the team.

“Freshman Allie Coyne has been terrific so far at left back and has played every minute so far,” Bandov said. “Freshman Grace Descourouez has seen a good amount of time at center mid as well. Sophomore Kasey Cruz has done a nice job for us as well.”

The Spartans may not be as deep as last season’s team (17-4-3 record; CCS semifinalist) or the previous year’s squad (17-2-3; CCS champion), but Bandov sees something special in these girls.

“We’ll have to overachieve to have similar seasons to the past, but one thing I really like about this team is we have amazing girls who work really hard,” he said. “(There are) no attitudes or egos that will get in the way of creating a great chemistry. That’s one thing that will help us have a successful season, I think.”

Mountain View – which lost 3-1 at Menlo Thursday despite outshooting the Knights 21-3 – is slated to face Hillsdale 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Burlingame Tournament.

2013 girls soccer: Mountain View High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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