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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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Rubin replaces Hall as head coach of St. Francis girls volleyball team


St. Francis High administrators didn’t have to look far to find their next varsity girls volleyball coach – he was already on campus.

They announced Dec. 16 that Mike Rubin, a physics teacher who has coached the varsity boys volleyball team and freshman girls squad, will run the girls program. Rubin replaces Leahi Hall, who stepped down after five seasons as head coach.

“We are extremely excited about the appointment of Mike Rubin as our new head girls volleyball coach,” athletic director Michael Pilawski said in a press release. “Mike has done amazing things with our boys program and has been an integral part of our girls program the past two years. Mike’s knowledge, passion and enthusiasm for our school and our tradition will surely continue the great success of our girls program both on and off the court.”

Rubin will continue to run the boys team, which plays in the spring. In his 10 years at the helm, the Lancers claimed two Central Coast Section championships and four West Catholic Athletic League titles. He was named a CCS Honor Coach in 2009.

“I am honored that the athletic department and the administration have given me the opportunity to lead the St. Francis girls volleyball team” Rubin said in a press release. “As the head coach, I look forward to continuing the tradition of athletic excellence and dedication that has strengthened the St. Francis community for many years. Our goal is to continue to build a program that consistently competes for CCS and state championships through teamwork and diligence.”

Rubin takes over a team that went 24-13 this year and was swept by Los Altos in the CCS semifinals. The Lancers last won CCS in 2011 and captured a state crown in 2010, Hall’s second season as coach.

Although Hall will no longer lead the Lancers, she isn’t leaving St. Francis.

“Leahi is still working at the school and that continues to be her plan at this time,” Pilawski said when the Town Crier asked why she resigned. “The decision to leave was purely her decision at this time.”

Girls soccer

Prospect scored on an indirect free kick with 10 minutes left to beat host Pinewood 1-0 Dec. 17.

“We should have won this game, since we had the better chances, but we could not convert,” said coach Michael Tetzlaff, whose Panthers slumped to 1-5.

Girls basketball

The Los Altos girls (4-3) won the King’s Academy Tournament by beating Prospect, Aragon and the host team by double-digit points. Three Eagles reached double figures in their 49-32 rout of King’s in the Dec. 14 final: Meg Enthoven (14 points), Katie Munro (12) and Meghan McDermott (11).

That same day, Mountain View claimed the Monta Vista Tournament with a victory over the host team. Jayme Hughes was voted MVP and fellow Spartan Cori Nishimoto made the all-tourney team.

St. Francis (5-2) didn’t fare quite as well in the Terra Nova Tournament final Dec. 14. The Lancers fell 56-43 to Santa Rosa, despite Adriana Frazier’s 16 points.

Boys basketball

Los Altos beat host Leland 65-49 in non-league action Dec. 16 behind 26 points from Joey Malgesini. Steven Garverick and Daniel Rosenbaum added 15 and 14 points, respectively, for the Eagles (4-4).

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