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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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Mtn. View girls fall at home to Wilcox


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Jayme Hughes, looking to shoot, scored a team-high 10 points in Friday’s league loss to visiting Wilcox.

Her team lost its league opener 57-41, yet Mountain View High girls basketball coach Judy Auclair wasn’t discouraged by the way the Spartans played Friday against visiting Wilcox.

“I thought we did a pretty good job tonight,” said Auclair, who expects the Chargers (11-1 overall) to go undefeated in the SCVAL De Anza Division. “Our girls are feeling really good about this game and what they’ve done. Everyone else is getting beat by 30 points against them. That’s a great compliment to these young ladies – that they stuck with it.”

Wilcox’s superior size bothered the Spartans (7-5 overall) on both ends of the court. Led by imposing 6-foot-4 senior Joesetta Fatuesi, who recently committed to the University of Utah, the Chargers scored several times inside and made Mountain View think twice about venturing into the paint.

“It was tough covering all those tall girls,” Auclair said, “and we were a little afraid of driving in on them.”

The Spartans got off to a sluggish start – down 12-4 midway through the first quarter – but showed signs of life late in the second period. They turned a 26-12 deficit into a nine-point game with 1:48 remaining in the half. Sophomore guard Jayme Hughes scored half of her team-high 10 points during the run.

“Jayme has been sick/tired and made only two practices this week, but she did the best she could,” Auclair said.

Wilcox regained control in the third quarter, scoring the first eight points.

Forward Karen Kauffman broke the streak by making a flip shot on a drive down the middle for Mountain View. The sophomore totaled seven points.

The Chargers countered with a trey by Fatuesi – her second of the night – for a 42-22 advantage with 4:49 left in the period.

Mountain View responded with a 7-0 run highlighted by Hughes’ second 3-pointer of the game.

The Spartans wouldn’t get closer than 14 points the rest of the way and found themselves down 55-34 after Fatuesi scored inside with 4:50 left to play. She finished with 12 points.

Mountain View made 14 of 46 shots from the field Friday.

“Our shots just didn’t fall,” said Auclair, whose squad committed 21 turnovers.

The Chargers turned the ball over 20 times and connected on 22 of 49 shots. They nailed eight treys, three courtesy of guard Caitlin Brown (11 points total).

The Spartans are slated to host Milpitas 6:15 p.m. Friday.


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

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