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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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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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Former camper laments loss of nature program: Guest Opinion


Close your eyes and think back to that one remarkable camp experience you wished could last forever, where you met new people and discovered things you didn’t know about yourself. How quickly would you decide to relive it?

I remember my camp experience 10 years ago at Redwood Grove Nature Camp as if it were yesterday. Keith Gutierrez led the camp, enlightening campers about the towering redwoods and the ways the Ohlone Indians survived off the land in years past.

“Ranger Keith” had an enthusiasm for nature that cannot be replicated. Once he left Redwood Grove in 2008, the camp lacked the magic he brought to it.

Gutierrez has worked as a nature guide, teacher and enthusiast for more than 34 years, showing children all over the Bay Area how to stay in touch with and appreciate nature and past cultures. In addition to his time at Redwood Grove, he has worked at Hidden Villa and Deer Hollow Farm, sharing his passion for nature with tens of thousands of children.

Gutierrez now organizes school presentations and oversees summer camps. For the past five years, I have been a camp counselor at his A Touch of the Earth Summer Day Camps, where I have been able to relive and replay my childhood memories.

In recent years, attendance at the camps has declined, and there is now a possibility that this institution of learning could disappear and the experience I had when I was young could end.

Please join me in the fight to help save Gutierrez’ nature camps. As we become a more technologically crazed society, we begin to lose touch with nature and all it has to offer.

A former camper recently wrote to Gutierrez about how his experiences at nature camps shaped who he is today:

“... Thank you for giving me such an amazing opportunity to attend camp at Redwood Grove. You provided me with my favorite camp experience of my childhood, and I have not and will never forget the joy of running free through the creek and eating the succulent blackberries.

“My last year as a camper also turned out to be your last year as caretaker, and now that I’m working for the city as a counselor, I see just how much has changed ... Even though the kids I see every week will never be as lucky to be shown nature through your eyes, I was lucky enough to be given that privilege, and for that I cannot thank you enough.”

Nico Noriega attends Archbishop Mitty High School.

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