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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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Los Altos High boys beaten by Bells in Monta Vista Tournament title game


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Los Altos High senior Steven Garverick scored a team-high 58 points in last week’s Monta Vista Tournament.

With his Los Altos High boys basketball team facing a Bellarmine squad it stunned a month earlier, coach Bob McFarlane predicted that Saturday’s Monta Vista Tournament final would be a “slugfest.” He was right.

The Bells prevailed 49-46, avenging their 52-47 setback to the Eagles in the Cupertino Tournament. Los Altos fell to 8-5 overall; Bellarmine improved to 5-3.

The Eagles outscored the Bells by five points in the second half Saturday, but they were doomed by a slow start. Los Altos trailed 21-14 at halftime, limited to four points in the second quarter.

As they did throughout the tourney, Steven Garverick and Joey Malgesini led the Eagles in scoring. Garverick totaled 17 points in the final and fellow senior Malgesini scored 16.

In Friday’s semifinal – a 67-42 rout of host Monta Vista – Garverick poured in 29 points

“He was an absolute beast, and they had no answers for him,” McFarlane said.

In Thursday’s 60-55 opening-round victory over Liberty, Malgesini tallied 25 points.

“He was unstoppable,” his coach said.

The Eagles are scheduled to open SCVAL De Anza Division play 7 p.m. today at Milpitas.

In other boys basketball action last week:

• St. Francis remained perfect, beating visiting Menlo-Atherton 50-42 Friday in nonleague play. The Lancers improved to 10-0. Christopher Lewis paced St. Francis with 16 points.

• Pinewood went 3-0 to win the Head Royce Tournament. The Panthers edged the host team 38-36 in Saturday’s title game. Ryan Brice (nine points in the final) was named tournament MVP and Greg Naumann (eight) made the all-tourney team.

“Our guys have done a great job embracing the team concept aspect of basketball,” coach Mani Messy said.

Girls basketball

Los Altos extended its winning streak to seven games with Friday’s 59-41 flogging of Fairfield.

Tied at 10 after the first quarter, the Eagles (8-3) took control in the second period with a 17-11 run and pulled away from there.

Rachel Glein led Los Altos with 15 points and Meghan McDermott added 13.

Opening the game with a 17-2 run, St. Francis made quick work of Washington Saturday. The host Lancers (7-4) prevailed 69-27 behind 17 points from sophomore guard Marisa Mondave.

Girls soccer

Los Altos played host Santa Teresa to a 1-all tie Saturday in non-league action.

Sophomore Stephanie Kouvelas scored for the Eagles (2-2-1).

St. Francis skunked Sacred Heart Cathedral 7-0 Friday, improving to 2-0 in the West Catholic Athletic League and 6-2 overall.

Peyton Cassin notched three goals and an assist; Annie Kingman recorded two goals and three assists.

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