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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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Shortage of wrestlers has not stopped Los Altos from contending in division


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Zoe Morgan, top, competes against Santa Clara Thursday. She won her match. The senior has a shot of making the girls state championships, according to coach Randy Jimenez.

Imagine wrestling with one arm tied behind your back. That’s essentially what the Los Altos High wrestling team is doing this season.

The Eagles are able to use both arms, but they could use more of them. Los Altos doesn’t have a varsity wrestler heavier than 170 pounds, meaning it must forfeit four weight classes – 182, 195, 220 and 285 – at each meet.

“We’re going into every dual meet giving up 24 points,” Eagles coach Randy Jimenez said, “but we’re still competing. As small as we are, we go out there and kick butt.”

With Thursday’s 36-30 home win over Santa Clara – another shorthanded squad – Los Altos improved to 2-1 in the SCVAL El Camino Division.

Jimenez is confident the Eagles can win their last three dual meets to finish at or near the top of the division. Los Altos is scheduled to visit Homestead 6:30 p.m. Thursday, travel to Harker Feb. 6 and host Milpitas Feb. 13; all meets begin at 6:30 p.m.

“I think we can win out,” he said. “Our guys go hard. They bought in from the start and train hard.”

Five of the team’s 10 varsity wrestlers set the tempo, according to Jimenez. They are returnees Sean Lanoza (152 pounds), James Sobrino (145), Carter Lee (138), Briham Gonzales (132) and Brian Wang (120).

“These kids work really hard and put the team on their back,” the coach said.

Lanoza, a junior, sports a 9-5 record (including tournaments) and ranks among the top 10 in his weight class in the Central Coast Section. A standout running back on the Los Altos football team, Lanoza “transitioned almost effortlessly” to wrestling,” Jimenez said, and “has strength, skill and knowledge. He’s improved greatly from last year.”

Sobrino, a senior, is “a leg-riding kind of guy,” the coach said. “He’s really physical.”

Lanoza and Sobrino – along with juniors Lee and Gonzales – have the best shot of advancing to next month’s CCS meet, according to the coach, though he didn’t count out Wang, either.

“He works really hard,” Jimenez said of the junior,” and he’s showing a lot of improvement.”

Newcomer Joe Donnelly – a 106-pound freshman who recently transferred to Los Altos from Maryland – “could go to CCS, too,” the coach said. “He has a lot of experience.” Donnelly pinned his opponent in 1 minute, 55 seconds Thursday night.

Wrestlers who place high enough at the league meet – slated Feb. 15 at Monta Vista – advance to CCS, scheduled Feb. 28 and March 1 at Independence High.

The Eagles expect to have three representatives at the CCS girls championships, set for Feb. 7 and 8 at Oak Grove High. Jimenez said senior Zoe Morgan has the best chance of reaching the state tournament, slated Feb. 28 and March 1 in Visalia,

“She’s a beast,” Jimenez said. “She almost made it last year and she’s really hungry this year.”

Lancers top Bells

In a clash of West Catholic Athletic League rivals, host St. Francis beat Bellarmine 34-24 Thursday.

The Lancers won eight weight classes, with Jack Casarez (197 pounds) and Brandon Retuta (220) pinning their opponents from Bellarmine.

2013 wrestling: Los Altos High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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