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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

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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Logan caps volleyball career; Quinlan named All-Freshman

Several college athletes with local roots enjoyed stellar seasons last fall. Their accomplishments follow.

• Los Altos High graduate Paige Logan capped her college volleyball career in November. Introduced on Senior Night as the “greatest player in Caltech history,” she promptly showed why – notching a career-high 25 kills and 18 digs in a four-game loss to West Coast Baptist. Logan leaves the program as the career leader in kills and second in blocks.

• Riley Quinlan of Los Altos, a cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, was named to the Western Water Polo Association All-Freshman Team. The utility player recorded four goals, three assists and four steals while playing all 18 games for Air Force. Quinlan was captain of the Bellarmine boys team in 2012, which won the Central Coast Section Division I championship.

• Los Altos resident Olivia Quaglia was one of three members of the Dartmouth College field hockey team to earn All-Ivy League honors. The senior received Honorable Mention distinction after anchoring the Dartmouth defense by playing in the middle of the backfield. Quaglia started all 17 games for the fourth consecutive year. The St. Francis High graduate set career highs for goals (six), assists (six) and defensive saves (five).

• Los Altos High graduates and sisters Laura and Lisa Murphy played in the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Tournament. Laura, a junior, started at right defense for Mount Holyoke College; Lisa, a sophomore, played off the bench as a midfielder for Christopher Newport University. Laura’s team reached the round of 16, while Lisa’s squad advanced to the semifinals.

• Tori Carroll, a sophomore outside hitter on the Foothill College women’s volleyball team, was named First Team All-American. The Los Altos native and Homestead High graduate helped the Owls finish first in the Coast Conference South Division and reach the second round of the regional playoffs.

• Aided by Mountain View High graduate Jeremy Gomberg, the University of Redlands men’s golf team won the CSU San Marcos Classic, the final fall tuneup before the spring season. The senior shot a three-round total of 215 to finish sixth overall. The Bulldogs won the tournament by 30 strokes.

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