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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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Foothill College men and women reach state semifinals in soccer

The Foothill College men’s soccer team’s sensational season could be described as an international effort.

The Owls reached the state semifinals for the first time in 27 years with a roster featuring 10 players from foreign countries.

“I feel that’s one of my strengths as a coach – blending players from different cultures,” said Tom Liner, who this month capped his 17th season at Foothill. “I played overseas for three years in Austria and understand what it’s like to be from a different culture than a lot of your teammates.”

The coach noted that Foothill has always attracted a large contingent of international students, so it’s not unusual to have several foreign players on the squad. This year’s roster included seven athletes from Sweden, two from Brazil and one from Austria.

Two of the Swedes – sophomore defenders Eric Bohlin and Robin Skarvik – have played together since age 10. Bohlin was recently named an All-American.

Freshman goalie Marcel Berghofer of Austria posted the best goals-against average in the state.

Leading scorer Edgardo Molina is from the area. The freshman from Menlo-Atherton High tallied 13 goals. He shared captain duties with Bohlin and Skarvik.

Skarvik’s goal off a corner kick in the 93rd minute lifted the Owls to their playoff-opening win, 1-0 over visiting Feather River. Seventh-seeded Foothill – in the postseason for the seventh straight year – then went on the road and beat American River 5-3.

The Owls’ next game was much closer. Foothill edged host Santa Rosa 1-0 on a shot by Brazilian forward Nikolas Ferro in the 89th minute.

The victory sent the Owls (14-4-5) to the state semis in Sacramento, where they faced four-time defending state champ Mt. San Antonio. After a scoreless first half, Foothill fell 2-1.

Soon after Bohlin’s late goal cut the Owls’ deficit in half, forward Octovio Perez nearly scored the equalizer.

“He missed by a foot to the keeper’s left with about five minutes to go,” Liner said.

Although this ranks as his most successful season, Liner won’t rate it higher than past years: “They’re all satisfying.”

He credited much of this year’s success to “the real family atmosphere” surrounding his team. He added that the aura extended to the women’s team, which advanced to the state semis as well.

“We like to think of it as one whole program as opposed to two teams,” Liner said.

The women reached the state final four for the first time.

“This was a special season for us,” coach Owen Flannery said of his 16-6-3 squad. “The girls were dedicated and very hardworking from the very first practice.”

The Owls upset two higher-ranked teams – Fresno and Cosumnes River – on their way to the semis, where they lost 7-0 to defending state champ Cerritos.

Sophomore forward Brittany Squarcia, a Homestead High graduate, led Foothill with 18 goals and 10 assists this season.

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