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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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Repeat no easy feat for Eagles


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Katie Munro dribbles up court against visiting St. Francis last week. The sophomore starts at shooting guard.

Taking over a team that placed first in its division last season doesn’t make this season any easier, according to Los Altos High girls basketball coach Jaclyn Brode. It’s just the opposite.

“I think it’s tougher to defend the title than win the title,” she said, “but I still like our chances.”

The Eagles won’t have to contend with the team they shared the SCVAL El Camino Division championship with – rival Mountain View has been promoted to the De Anza Division – but there are other challenges.

Los Altos is learning a new system of offense (up-tempo) and defense (man-to-man) while adjusting to life without all-league guard Ideen Seyed, who graduated in June. Last season she totaled 325 points – 128 more than the Eagles’ second-highest scorer.

Replacing Seyed’s scoring will likely take a team effort. Not one of the Eagles’ six returnees averaged more than eight points per game and their top newcomer won’t be available until January.

“We’re missing that 3-point threat,” said Brode, whose team is off to a 2-3 start.

Meg Enthoven, who started as a freshman last year, will be counted on for scoring and rebounding. She grabbed double-digit rebounds in Los Altos’ first two games and scored a season-high 10 points in a loss to Willow Glen Dec. 3.

“She’s fearless around the rim,” Brode said of the 5-foot-8 Enthoven. “She worked on her guard skills over the summer and now feels stuck between a guard and a forward, and we’re asking her to do both. It’s a lot to ask, but the effort is there.”

Fellow sophomore Katie Munro – another returnee – “got a lot better over the summer,” according to Brode, who wants the guard to take more shots. Munro paced the Eagles with nine points in Thursday’s 46-15 rout of Prospect.

Los Altos has already benefited from the return of forward Meghan McDermott, who missed the first two games because she was part of a Los Altos volleyball team that reached the Northern California final. The 5-foot-9 senior scored a game-high 19 points in last week’s 54-33 setback to St. Francis.

“Meghan keeps improving and is one of our better players,” Brode said. “She knows how to get open in the low post.”

McDermott isn’t the only two-sport athlete on the squad. Junior Rebecca Andrews is on the soccer team, which has a similar season as basketball.

“Soccer is her top sport, so she makes it (to basketball) when she can,” Brode said. “She has excellent footwork and is a great defender.”

Andrews and senior Kelly Hamamoto handle the point-guard duties.

Brode hopes to gain more backcourt scoring when Allegra Maeso joins the team. Due to transfer rules, the sophomore won’t be eligible to play until Jan. 6 – the day before the league opener at Santa Clara.

Although Los Altos struggled against Maeso’s former school, St. Francis, Brode wasn’t completely discouraged by how her team played in the Dec. 10 home game.

“We lost to them by 54 last year,” said the coach, an Eagles assistant a season ago. “They are St. Francis. We just didn’t do things consistently enough to keep up with them. We gave up a lot of offensive boards – they were getting third, fourth and fifth shots – and you’re never going to win doing that.”

Los Altos is scheduled to visit Aptos 7 p.m. Saturday.

2013 girls basketball: St. Francis High School vs. Los Altos High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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