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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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Wealthy put their 'trust' in Northern

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Northern Trust has been trying to establish a presence in Los Altos over the past year. The 113-year-old Chicago-based holding company recently moved into its new building on Third Street, and most of us will be able to enjoy its range of services.

Northern Trust has a sophisticated array of private banking and trust services, along with world-class asset management capabilities. It has 82 offices in the United States, with assets that totaled $38.2 billion at the end of the first quarter.

"We are not designed to be a retail bank on every corner," said Jeffrey F. Yoakum, vice president. "We work with successful individuals and families to preserve and help grow their assets. Our intent is to provide distinct needs with customized services."

Northern Trust is one of the country's leading providers of trust and management services. It manages more than $337 billion in corporate and personal assets that consistently outperform leading market indices.

Yoakum remarked that Northern Trust is in good hands and in command of its future.

"We are still in our original charter for 113 years and never had a merger with other banks," he said. "The founding family owns 14 percent of the shares, and 29 percent of the stock is owned by the family, management and employees."

Northern Trust has spent more than $800 million on development of leading-edge technology in the financial structure.

Any client with a modem can review their Northern Trust account on the Internet.

As the private client service officer of the bank, Yoakum is responsible for business development. His responsibilities include talking to prospective clients and introducing the bank's services to the community.

Confidentiality is valued at Northern Trust. "We respect the client's desire to keep finances a private matter," Yoakum said.

Yoakum works with local attorneys and accountants to provide information on how the bank can relate to clients' needs. He is also empowered to work with non-profits locally.

"We have received a very warm reception from the community," Yoakum said. "And we have partnered with different local community organizations to help support their success."

Northern Trust has supported the Los Altos History Museum, Foothill and De Anza colleges, Los Altos Senior Center and numerous other local institutions.

The new Northern Trust building has several meeting rooms available for community use. The first meeting will be held Nov. 14, when the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce and LAVA will hold a special meeting to discuss issues that concern the city's future.

Yoakum said navigating the maze of financial alternatives available at the trust could be overwhelming. The services include providing a line of credit, customized loans, mortgage services, portfolio management and stock option financing. "Our management can guide you along the entire financial journey."

Northern Trust is located at 270 Third St., Los Altos. For more information on the bank's services, call 917-0234.

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