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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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Sports on the Side

MV runners honored

Mountain View High's Garrett Rowe (a sophomore) and Parker Shuh (freshman) were recently named first team all-state for boys cross country. Rowe, competing in Division II, placed fifth at the state meet and second at the Central Coast Section finals in November. Shuh finished 50th at the state meet.

Evaluation for Juniors

Players interested in playing in the Juniors division of Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Little League this season are asked to attend the evaluation session 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday at Los Altos High (rescheduled to Feb. 10 at Purissima Field if it rains). For more information, contact Mark Walden at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Coaches sought

Los Altos High needs spring coaches for diving, junior-varsity badminton, jumps for track and field, and an assistant for softball. If interested, call athletic director Kim Cave at 960-8857 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Pinewood School is looking for a varsity swim coach. Call athletic director Matt Stimson at 941-6044 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Soccer players wanted

The MVLA Earthquakes, an under-14 boys Class I soccer team, seeks experienced, hard-working players born after July 21, 1994. For more information., contact Wayne Kania at (408) 499-0334 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The De Anza Force Soccer Club's Black and Blue girls teams, for players born in 1992 and 1993, have scheduled tryouts 10 a.m. to noon March 1 and 8 at Garden Gate Elementary in Cupertino. Both teams will play in the Class 1, Division 1 Abronzino League in the fall. For more information, contact Black coach Owen Flannery at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Blue coach Shawn Medved at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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