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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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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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Police arrest Foothill College student on murder charges

 Image from article Police arrest Foothill College student on murder charges

Police Friday caught up with the fugitive wanted for shooting a Mountain View police officer last week and suspected of killing a Burlingame bank manager during a string of violent Peninsula robberies.

Seti Scanlan, 24, who eluded police during a high-speed chase that ended in East Palo Alto Nov. 1, remained on the run for a week. Oregon police arrested him in Beaverton on a warrant for two counts of armed robbery and four counts of attempted murder after Scanlan surrendered, said Mountain View police spokesman Jim Bennett.

Scanlan worked at Trader Joe's in Mountain View while attending Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, acquaintances and school officials confirmed.

Police linked him to the fatal Wells Fargo bank robbery in Burlin-game and possibly a falafel restaurant robbery in Palo Alto earlier this year.

Burlingame Police Chief George Missel told reporters that Scanlan is "one of the most dangerous, if not the most dangerous, person that we've had to deal with on the Peninsula in my 32 years in law enforcement."

Scanlan and his partners Manny Liu and Amu Wynn allegedly robbed a Carl's Jr. Restaurant and Bay Food Mart on Middlefield Road at 9:50 p.m. last week before fleeing police in a high speed chase during which time they fired several shots at pursuing officers, hitting one in the face.

The chase ended in East Palo Alto, where police arrested Liu and Wynn on two counts of armed robbery and four counts of attempted murder. Scanlan escaped on foot.

Police said Scanlan lived with his girlfriend in an apartment on California Street.

He enrolled in the Foothill-De Anza Community College District last July, school officials said. He is currently enrolled in a fall quarter social studies class on the Middlefield campus in Mountain View, school officials confirmed. Company officials from Trader Joe's would neither confirm nor deny the claim that Scanlan worked there.

Just days before the shooting, Scanlan told a schoolmate that he wasn't going to be on campus much longer - he planned to quit school.

Mountain View Officer Cary Shueh, who has served in the department for three years, was recovering at home from a gunshot wound to his face last week.

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