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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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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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Letters to the Editor

Memories of Ranger Keith remain

The very first time I went to Redwood Grove in 2002 was very exciting. I got to hold a ball python, tarantula and see the bunny hop around on the floor. It was a very enjoyable time because I loved the animals. When I got to sing "Dirt Made My Lunch," "This Land Is Your Land," "The Bull Frog Song" and "The Banana Slug Song," it was very fun because I also loved to sing. I also enjoyed finding Pyrite in the creek or shooting an arrow at the haystack. But the most memorable thing was camping out under the stars with my friends. I really liked how Keith ran the program. I am not going to Redwood Grove this year because Keith is no longer with the program and the city has changed the program too much. It is sad, because it would have been my sixth year, and it makes me very sad that the city is changing a lot of the camp.

Emma Paige, 10

Los Altos

Decision over principal still stings

Usually, losing a principal at an elementary school is not a big deal. But there is one change dedicated parents, teachers and staff are highly upset over.

This change would be the loss of our interim Almond School principal, Joe McCreary.

If you are wondering what the fuss was all about, it could be because you are not fortunate enough to have a child attending Almond School. If you took the time to walk on the Almond campus and watch McCreary in action, you may begin to grasp the main reason for the uproar.

We will never find out the real reason for McCreary not being chosen as Almond's permanent principal. But the Almond community is being ignored by the administration and the elected officials that we put in office. So far we have yet to hear one valid reason to convince us that their decision was made in the best interests of our children.

There is no other necessary and desirable quality that matters more in a principal than one who genuinely cares about the children. McCreary was also well liked and respected by his staff members and teachers. If the overwhelming support and pleas in the form of letters of recommendation, e-mails and phone calls to the administration during the hiring and selecting process was not the top criterion for retaining our interim principal, we want to hear what truly was.

Don't they get it? The remarkable reputation Almond and the LASD schools are enjoying today is due largely to the incredibly dedicated teachers and committed families who value high-quality education, and, yes, great principals like McCreary. The manner in which the administration handled this decision demonstrates a total disregard for us, the constituents.

Vivi Chan, Dana Bunnett and Bill Bassett

Los Altos

Swim coach's influence far-reaching

I just read your article about Kevin Perry (Town Crier obituary, April 30), and I really enjoyed it. I found it to be the best that I have been able to find about him. Here's some more information about Kevin.

First, Kevin was not a swimmer. He was a standout basketball and baseball player. In fact, there is a famous picture of him at Bellarmine – giving up a home run to Dan Pastorini.

Kevin got into coaching by teaching swim lessons for the Mountain View Recreation Department at Rengstorff pool. By 1981, Kevin was coaching the Los Altos Aquatic Club and Awalt High School's boys team. I swam three years for Kevin at Awalt/Mountain View High School.

What most people didn't know about Kevin was how hard he worked at being an excellent swim coach. It was amazing how astute he was when it came to the business end of running a swim club.

In the late 1980s, Kevin made sure that Mountain View and Los Altos would always have a swim team. He created LAMVAC (Los Altos Mountain View Aquatic Club), which is still around 20 years later.

Kevin had a huge influence on the people who knew him. But he also had an influence on many swimmers he never met. Kevin will be missed.

Ben Murray

Former Mountain View High swim coach

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