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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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Second-half surge powers Eagles past Spartans 53-38


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Daniel Rosenbaum shoots over Mountain View High’s Joey Williams in last week’s league game.

With each game, the Los Altos High boys basketball team looks more like the team to beat in the SCVAL De Anza Division. The Eagles’ biggest obstacle may be the Eagles.

“We’ve got the opportunity in front of us and we can play with anybody,” said coach Bob McFarlane, whose team is off to a 5-0 start in league. “It’s just a matter of almost getting out of our own way at times and focusing on the team and what the team’s trying to accomplish.”

Last week’s 53-38 rout of rival Mountain View exemplified that. After a ragged first half in which they led just 21-20, the Eagles pulled away with an 18-5 third-quarter run Jan. 22.

“In the first half, we were kind of trying to get our own shots and weren’t really moving the ball,” McFarlane said. “As soon as we came out in the second half, we had nice ball movement and executed our plays and all of a sudden we had shots. We kind of caught fire and defensively played as a team versus individually.”

Mountain View scored first in the second half – on a putback by Joey Williams – but host Los Altos put up the next seven points. Joey Malgesini accounted for five of those points, starting with a top-of-the-key 3. The senior finished with a game-high 17 points.

“They run a zone (defense),” Malgesini said of the Spartans. “We had to adjust to that and find what looks we could get off of that because it’s very different and we’re not used to it. Once we did, we really started to execute and play our game – and it showed on the scoreboard.”

After Mountain View scored on two free throws by Kevin Ives (team-high 13 points) to cut the deficit to 28-24, Los Altos went on a devastating 11-1 run to close the quarter. Daniel Rosenbaum poured in nine points during the spurt, making a baseline jumper, three drives and a free throw. The junior finished with 12 points.

Ahead 39-25 entering the fourth, the Eagles maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way. Malgesini drained two 3-pointers – he made five in the game – and Lambie Lanman scored four of his seven points.

Steven Garverick totaled 15 points for Los Altos, seven of those coming in the first quarter.

The Eagles followed this win with another Friday: 53-43 at Homestead. Los Altos (13-5 overall) outscored the Mustangs 20-12 in the fourth quarter.

Malgesini tallied 19 points and Rosenbaum added 14.

The Eagles are slated to host Los Gatos – the only team they have yet to play in league – 7 p.m. today.

Mountain View, meanwhile, is scheduled to visit Saratoga at the same time.

The Spartans rebounded from the loss to Los Altos by topping host Palo Alto 35-31 Friday.

Mountain View held the Vikings to just eight points in the second half – and only two of those came in the final quarter.

Corey Fitz paced the Spartans with 10 points.

Mountain View improved to 2-3 in the De Anza Division and 6-11 overall.

“I think we’re competitive – more competitive than we look on paper,” Spartans assistant coach DJ Kobza said. “We’re a pretty scrappy team. I think we can be in the mix in league.”


2013 boys basketball: Los Altos High School v. Mountain View High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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