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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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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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Steinberg offers insider's view on growth of Silicon Valley

 Image from article Steinberg offers insider

Goodwin Steinberg, congratulations. You've authored a gem that tells about our daily living and it's your contributions that have made it better. It's titled, "From the Ground Up: Building Silicon Valley."

The book is the tale of a young serviceman and his bride who visited the San Francisco Bay Area during World War II. They came back to the "Valley of the Heart's Delight" and helped make it a place of legend and undreamed-of wealth.

"Goody" tells about the dazzling success story that is Silicon Valley -- how and why technology flourished here, who the players were, and how the pieces came together. He takes a behind-the-scenes look at the politics and personalities of the region.

Faced with the inevitable change that comes with an influx of people and a reputation for success, Santa Clara Valley government officials began to chart their future. Would they become bedroom communities, industrial pockets or a combination of both? As a young, fledging architect, Steinberg helped shape a way of life.

In an area blessed with a mild climate and an abundance of breathtaking vistas, architects found a new freedom in designing both residential and commercial buildings that would take advantage of views.

Not limited by the heavy heating and cooling demands of the Midwest, rooms here did not have to be framed by four interior walls to stay warm. Free of concerns about snow loads, balconies were expanded and views from the inside of the house to the garden were exploited.

Using his new architectural philosophy, Steinberg brought new concepts to a spec house in Los Altos Hills in 1952 that he had a hard time selling.

"From the experience came two lessons," Steinberg writes. "Timing can be everything, and sometimes you have to draw the hard line in order to get where you are going."

One of the first homes Steinberg built for a client was for Mr. and Mrs. Larry Dawson, who owned 30 acres of land in Los Altos Hills. They wanted a creative home to fit on a magnificent ridge that had unobstructed views of the bay on one side and the mountains on the other.

Steinberg realized that when architects partnered with landscape designers and craftsmen, the end product could be environmentally sensitive, aesthetically pleasing and very livable.

Another home Steinberg designed was for Bob and Jan Fenwick. Bob is one of the success stories in high-tech electronics. They had 40 acres and wanted something creative, original, aesthetic and fun.

Steinberg's range of buildings is remarkable. He has been the architect for public buildings, business parks, churches, hotels, community centers, libraries, museums and courthouses in addition to the homes of numerous Silicon Valley titans.

"Early in my career I was faced with a choice -- whether to build a national reputation or focus on my own community," Steinberg writes. "After a grueling and exhausting project in Florida, I made my practice one that focuses on building community. They aren't the most lucrative, but the most fulfilling."

Los Altos is Steinberg's community. He has designed the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce and, most recently, the Los Altos History Museum. His recent book signing in the garden patio of the history museum was well received by the community thanking him for his contributions.

The book is richly illustrated with 69 color prints of his projects, including some architectural drawings. Susan Wolfe aided in authoring "From the Ground Up: Building Silicon Valley."

The book has just been published by Stanford University Press and is available for $50. It is also available at Amazon.com for $34.97.

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