Mon10202014

News

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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Comment

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

Magazine

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 boys & girls basketball teams off to successful starts in league

With a fourth-quarter flurry, the Los Altos High boys basketball team turned a close game into a rout last week at Milpitas.

The Eagles, ahead by only two at the end of the third quarter, outscored the Trojans 25-7 the rest of the way to win their SCVAL De Anza Division opener 85-65.

Los Altos coach Bob McFarlane said the Jan. 8 game changed when his team “decided to increase the intensity of our defense and the execution of our offense.”

Joe Malgesini scored 13 of his game-high 32 points in the fourth period. The senior buried a trio of 3-pointers in the contest. Danny Rosenbaum added 21 points, while Steven Garverick contributed 17 and “probably had the best overall game, playing excellent post defense and taking efficient shots,” McFarlane said.

Pinewood is off to a 2-0 start in the West Bay Athletic League. The Panthers topped host Harker 49-45 Jan. 7 and defeated Woodside Priory 52-44 Friday in another road game.

Greg Naumann put up 17 points for the Panthers (10-2 overall) against Harker.

After a 10-0 start to the season, St. Francis has dropped two consecutive games to open West Catholic Athletic League play. The Lancers followed a 69-42 loss at Mitty Jan. 7 with a 63-47 setback to visiting Serra Friday. Matthew Tripaldi scored 12 points in Friday’s contest.

Girls basketball

Los Altos extended its winning streak to eight games by edging Santa Clara 47-46 Jan. 7 in the SCVAL El Camino Division opener for both teams.

The visiting Eagles outscored the Bruins 25-16 in the second half.

Allegra Maeso scored 12 points for Los Altos (9-3 overall) and Rebecca Andrews added nine.

A 17-8 fourth-quarter spurt pushed Pinewood to a 59-51 win over International Jan. 8 in non-league play. Leeana Bade and Marissa Hing scored 15 points each to pace the Panthers (12-1).

St. Francis began its WCAL slate with a 59-57 home loss to Mitty Jan. 8. The Lancers were outscored 15-8 in the fourth quarter. Marisa Mondave and Kiana Tom totaled 12 points each for St. Francis.

The Lancers rebounded Friday by beating host Notre Dame-Belmont 55-26. Tom scored 18 points and Mondave 16 for St. Francis (8-5 overall), which jumped to a 30-11 lead by halftime.

Boys soccer

Mountain View’s 3-0 win at Fremont Friday to open De Anza Division play marked coach Jim McGuirk’s 250th victory. McGuirk has coached the Spartans for 25 years and graduated from the school when it was known as Awalt.

St. Francis played Serra to a 1-1 draw Saturday in WCAL action. Luke Newquist scored for the Lancers (3-1-1 league, 4-1-3 overall).

Girls soccer

In its SCVAL De Anza Division opener, Los Altos played Palo Alto to a 2-all tie Jan. 8.

Trailing 2-0 at intermission, the Eagles evened the score on goals by Katie Winters (penalty kick) and Rebecca Andrews (assist Julia Goupil).

Visiting Los Altos went to 2-2-2 overall.

After opening WBAL Foothill Division play with a pair of losses, Pinewood capped last week with a 4-1 home win over Notre Dame-San Jose. Etelle Stephan and Olivia Biggs scored two goals each.

Pinewood coach Michael Tetzlaf said the Panthers (2-9 overall) “can feel good about the way we played (Saturday).”

Wrestling

St. Francis topped Sacred Heart Cathedral 38-33 in WCAL action Jan. 8.

Robert Kresge (182 pounds), John Casarez (195) and Takoa Ahoia (285) earned pins for the visiting Lancers.

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