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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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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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Eagles lose element of surprise


Shirley Pefley/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Julia Goupil, front, battles a Monta Vista player for the ball. Host Los Altos prevailed 6-0.

Returning 16 players and nearly every starter from last year’s talented team, the Los Altos High girls soccer squad doesn’t lack for much this season. The Eagles’ biggest loss may have been the element of surprise.

After winning the 2013 Central Coast Section Division II championship with a stunning playoff run that included upsets of Mitty and St. Francis, the Eagles are a marked team.

“It’s going to be a much more difficult road to CCS this year,” said midfielder Allie Crum, who scored game-winning goals against Mitty in the semifinals and St. Francis in the final. “Since we are no longer under the radar, teams expect much more, and therefore want to take us down.”

That may help explain Los Altos’ so-so start. The team entered league with a 2-2-1 record. After tying Palo Alto to open SCVAL De Anza Division play, the Eagles blew out Monta Vista last week.

“I don’t know if it was the best game yet,” Crum said of the 6-0 home win, “but we definitely played well and developed our chemistry.”

Los Altos used a balanced attack to whip the winless Matadors (0-7-1), getting goals and/or assists from five players Jan 15. Sophomore Tess Wendelken and freshman Emily Pye scored two goals each for the Eagles, while junior Rebecca Andrews and senior Julia Goupil had one apiece. Pye and Crum both notched two assists; Andrews and freshman Stephanie Campos earned an assist each.

Pye has a team-high 13 points this season; Andrews is next with nine and Crum’s six ranks third.

The defense dominated Monta Vista as well, posting its second shutout of the season. Junior Elena Strawn and sophomore Carrie Wendelken (Tess’ twin) split time in goal, combining for three saves. Carrie Wendelken, who starred in the playoffs, has 22 saves this year.

“We are still concentrating on our overall team defense that was so important to our success last year,” Crum said, “but we are also focusing on our attack and making opportunities in the final third of the field.”

Los Altos finished third in league a year ago, just behind Los Gatos and Mountain View. The Eagles are scheduled to host the rival Spartans 3:30 p.m. today.

“Like the last few years, Los Gatos and Mountain View will be tough competitors,” Crum said, “Palo Alto is also back in our league, and they are a very talented team. But as we learned firsthand last year, it’s really anyone’s game.”

While repeating as CCS champs is the ultimate goal, Crum stressed the importance of performing well in league to achieve that objective.

“We need to keep reminding ourselves that it’s possible to go far in CCS, but we also can’t go into any game with the mindset that we are automatically going to win,” she said. “It’s a long journey to CCS, so we’re taking it one game at a time.”

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