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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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MV boys struggle against Mustangs


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Cory Fitz, shooting, led Mountain View High with 11 points Friday against Homestead.

It might be time to declare a drought in Mountain View. A scoring drought, that is. The Mountain View High boys basketball team continues to struggle when it comes to producing points.

The Spartans opened SCVAL De Anza Division play with a 49-31 loss to visiting Homestead Friday night and fell 53-40 at Sacred Heart Prep Saturday in non-league action.

Mountain View (4-9 overall) is averaging just 38.7 points per game.

“To say we’re inconsistent is to put it too optimistically,” coach Jim Forthoffer said. “We sometimes shoot very poorly, but once in a while we have a nice shooting game.”

The Spartans have reached the 50s only twice – and lost both games. The team’s highest-scoring game came in a 63-55 setback to St. Ignatius Jan. 3.

“We had a great shooting night against St. Ignatius, although we lost, but it was a close game and a moral victory,” Forthoffer said. “We’ve also had some horrible shooting nights.”

Count Friday among them. Mountain View made just 11 of 42 shots from the field and was a woeful seven of 32 from 3-point range. The Spartans’ starting backcourt went scoreless.

Cory Fitz was the only Mountain View player in doubles figures (11 points); fellow forward Blake Jarrell was the team’s next-best scorer (seven).

Fitz and Jarrell, both seniors, combined to score all nine of the Spartans’ points in the opening quarter. Fitz made the game’s first basket (a putback) and drilled a 3-pointer in the closing minute. Jarrell capped the quarter with a midrange jumper, cutting Homestead’s lead to 14-9.

Fitz buried back-to-back 3s late in the second quarter – Mountain View’s only field goals in the period. The Spartans trailed 25-17 at intermission.

The Mustangs (8-4 overall) pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring Mountain View 15-6. Guard Troy Whitford, a Los Altos resident, notched five of his game-high 17 points in the period.

“Troy is a heck of a player,” Forthoffer said, “and it’s hard to contain him.”

Whitford spearheaded Homestead’s 7-0 run to begin the fourth, scoring five points. The senior made a putback, a free throw and a spinning scoop shot.

Mountain View’s first points of the fourth came at the 3:12 mark when reserve guard Kevin Ives drained a 3-pointer from the left side. The Mustangs still had a comfortable lead, however, at 47-26.

The Spartans are scheduled to visit Los Gatos 7 p.m. today.


2013 boys basketball: Mountain View High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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