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Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew the...

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Schools

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos Scho...

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Community

Sports

New-look Lancers find their footing

New-look Lancers find their footing


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad ...

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Special Sections

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whism...

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Business

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy the...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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People

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

Pear puts on a pair of plays

Pear puts on a pair of plays


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House&...

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Spiritual Life

Back to Church Sunday offers opportunity to recommit

The children in Los Altos are back to school, and I can still hear parents cheering. Summer is officially over, even if the calendar doesn’t quite think so.

Parents have attended Back to School nights to meet their children’s teachers. B...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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Smith gets a jumpstart on new jobs as Mtn. View’s AD and football coach


Photo By: Courtesy of Mountain View High
Photo Courtesy Of Mountain View High

Shelley Smith officially takes over as Mountain View High athletic director July 1.

Shelley Smith’s official start date is July 1, but he couldn’t wait that long to embark on his new job – or jobs – at Mountain View High.

The new athletic director, head football coach and physical education teacher has been hard at work since school let out for the summer.

“I’m here every day,” Smith said last week. “I’m getting a head start, because there’s a lot to do. It doesn’t do any good to wait.”

Hired May 6, Smith replaces John Payne and Toure Carter, who resigned as athletic director and football coach, respectively, early in the spring.

Smith said he has nearly assembled his football staff, needing only a skills-position assistant for the frosh-soph squad. He retained three varsity assistants, promoting Bobby Johnson to defensive coordinator (Smith will run the offense).

Smith hired a familiar face as frosh-soph coach. He and Bryan Raisch went to school together and both coached at Saratoga High in recent years. Smith coached running backs and served as defensive coordinator at Saratoga last season. The Saratoga resident has 11 years of coaching experience.

While Smith nearly has all the coaches he needs for football, vacancies remain for other sports at the school. Smith seeks varsity head coaches for cross-country and baseball.

“We have a lot of very good candidates for baseball, but we’re in no big hurry – it’s a spring sport,” he said. “But we need to give more attention to cross-country and find someone soon because it’s a fall sport.”

Smith’s other mission is to get more players out for football. At last week’s offseason workouts, Smith said he counted only 65 players – varsity and frosh-soph combined.

“That’s not a lot of numbers, but we’ll get there,” he said. “My goal is to get 120 in the next few years. There’s no reason we can’t reach that goal at a school this size.”

As for the players he does have, Smith had no complaints.

“I love the kids here,” he said. “It’s a good group.”

Smith conceded that turning around the varsity football team – the Spartans went 3-7 last year – “won’t happen overnight,” but he’s hopeful it can be done.

“It’s a process,” Smith said. “We’re planting a lot of seeds right now.”

Smith asked all the returning players to fill out a questionnaire, then sat down with many of them “just to talk,” he said.

For more information about the coaching vacancies at Mountain View, email Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call him at (408) 688-6165.

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