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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 top Los Altos on last-minute goal

After a string of ties to begin league play, the Mountain View High girls soccer team desperately needed a win – and the Spartans got one with a last-minute goal against rival Los Altos last week.

Morgan Matthews delivered the game’s lone goal in the 80th minute, racing past a defender to receive a through pass from Isabel De Armas and boot it into the right side of the net Jan. 22.

“It was an important result for us,” said Mountain View coach Ivan Bandov, whose squad opened SCVAL De Anza Division play by tying Homestead, Los Gatos and Palo Alto. “It’s nice we haven’t lost in over a month, but you need wins eventually to make CCS, which is the No. 1 goal.”

The Spartans earned another win Friday, routing Monta Vista 8-0. Matthews made three goals; Erin Higa scored one and notched three assists.

Mountain View improved to 2-0-3 in league and 6-2-4 overall.

Los Altos, defending Central Coast Section Division II champ, bounced back Friday by defeating Homestead 3-0. Rebecca Andrews scored two goals; Katie Winter had a goal and an assist.

The victory boosted the Eagles’ record to 3-1-1 in league and 5-3-2 overall.

St. Francis scored a goal in each half to beat host Sacred Heart Cathedral 2-0 Jan. 22 in West Catholic Athletic League play. Maddie Vukcevich scored the initial goal and assisted Annie Kingman on the second.

The Lancers improved to 4-3 in league and 9-4 overall.

Shorthanded Pinewood fell 1-0 to host Notre Dame-San Jose Thursday. The Panthers, competing with just 10 players, held Notre Dame scoreless into the final 20 minutes of action.

Coach Michael Tetzlaff said his girls “held up nicely against a team with a lot of substitutes, but “ultimately we were outnumbered, and they were able to slip a goal past our defense.”

Coupled with Saturday’s 4-0 loss at King’s Academy, Pinewood fell to 2-4-0 in the WBAL Foothill Division and 3-11-0 overall.

Boys basketball

Host Pinewood crushed Crystal Springs Uplands 67-25 Friday.

The Panthers (3-1 WBAL, 11-3 overall) led 37-13 at intermission. Ryan Brice paced Pinewood with 18 points; Jordan Riches had 14.

St. Francis’ struggles in the WCAL continued last week. The Lancers lost both games, slumping to 1-5 in league, 11-5 overall.

They fell 72-48 to visiting St. Ignatius Friday and lost 61-49 at Sacred Heart Cathedral Jan. 22.

No St. Francis player scored double-digit points Friday; Brycen Carbonel tallied 13 points against Sacred Heart.

Girls basketball

Jayme Hughes’ buzzer-beating 3-pointer lifted Mountain View to a 55-54 win over Palo Alto Friday. Natalie Lillie – double teamed in the back court – lobbed the pass to Hughes, who turned and fired the shot from approximately 30 feet.

Hughes totaled 21 points to lead the host Spartans (2-3 De Anza Division, 10-6 overall).

Los Altos extended its winning streak to 12 games by beating Homestead 57-40 Friday.

Meghan McDermott scored 22 points for the visiting Eagles, who upped their record to 5-0 in the SCVAL El Camino Division and 13-3 overall.

Boys soccer

Despite missing its top two scorers from last season, the Mountain View boys keep winning. The Spartans improved to 3-1 in the De Anza Division and 9-2-1 overall with last week’s 6-0 thumping of rival Los Altos.

Mountain View is playing without last year’s leading scorer, Guillermo Burger, who decided not to play this season, according to coach Jim McGuirk, and two weeks ago lost this year’s leading scorer, Brad Bumgarner, to an ankle injury.

The Spartans have compensated with a balanced attack. In the Jan. 22 rout of Los Altos and 3-2 win over Palo Alto in their previous game, a total of seven players scored goals.

“The guys are stepping up and playing well without Brad,” said McGuirk, who doesn’t know when Bumgarner (12 goals) will return.

Against Los Altos, Collin Hurst and Jim Radford each notched a goal and an assist. Josue Aguilar, Logan Allen, Andrew Bossett and Johann Pistorius scored Mountain View’s other goals.

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