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News

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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Comment

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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St. Francis stuns St. Ignatius in WCAL playoffs

In a match-up between the second-place team and second-to-last-place team, the St. Francis High boys stunned St. Ignatius in the opening round of the West Catholic Athletic League boys basketball playoffs.

The visiting Lancers not only won – they won big. St. Francis doubled up the Crusaders, 64-32.

Coach Steve Filios said last week's game ranks as perhaps the Lancers' best win of the season. It's the first time his squad has advanced beyond the first round of the league playoffs since 2002.

St. Francis entered the Feb. 12 game with a 2-12 record in the WCAL, while St. Ignatius was 8-6. But the Lancers (14-12 overall) played the Crusaders (17-9) close in two earlier games, losing to them in overtime at home and by five points on the road.

This time, St. Francis took control early and never relinquished it.

Up 14-12 after the first quarter, the Lancers pulled away in the second with an 18-5 run. The lead grew to 46-25 at the end of the third and they capped the game with an 18-7 spurt.

"We missed some layups and putbacks early," Filios said. "Then all of a sudden, we made some shots – including 3s – and got into a rhythm, and we got some second chances."

The Lancers finished with eight 3-pointers. Omar Bourgoub scored 17 points to pace St. Francis. Shawn Grant added 12 points and Carter Lyman eight.

"Omar had a nice game," Filios said. "(The scoring) was really balanced, with a lot of players contributing. People did their jobs well, sharing the ball and rebounding."

St. Francis was scheduled to face top seed Mitty in Friday's semifinals. Win or lose, the Lancers were sure to earn a berth in the Central Coast Section Division II playoffs that began this week.

"We're hoping to get a high seed, which should give us a good shot to get to Foothill (College for the quarterfinals)," Filios said.

Eagles close in on title

A 60-52 victory at Monta Vista Feb. 13 put Los Altos on the verge of winning the SCVAL El Camino Division championship.

The Eagles (9-2 division) needed to beat visiting Wilcox in Friday's regular-season finale to win the title, or at least share it with Lynbrook (9-2).

Los Altos jumped to a 23-12 first-quarter advantage against Monta Vista and led 36-23 at halftime.

"We got off to an excellent start and shared the ball as well as we have all year," Eagles coach James Reilly said. "We had several easy buckets against their press and really played unselfish team ball."

The Matadors rallied in the third quarter, cutting the deficit to 44-39 by the end of it. The Eagles fended them off in the fourth, thanks to a 16-13 run.

"(Monta Vista) made a good second-half run and hit several difficult shots; they deserve credit for coming back to make it a 3-point game at one point," Reilly said. "However, I'm thrilled with the way we kept our composure and executed down the stretch. We hit free throws and took care of the ball in the final minutes."

The Wells brothers led Los Altos (17-8 overall) in scoring, with Spencer contributing 14 points and Sean 12.

Center Derek Halliwell added 10 points in what was "one of his career-best games," Reilly said. "I'm extremely proud of him. He did everything we asked of him and really blossomed out there tonight into an interior force."

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