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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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Green dieting: What each of us can do locally to help the environment

You've no doubt heard or perhaps even tried a "Low Carb Diet," where you reduce your carbohydrate intake to create a better body. Consider instead a Low Carbon Diet: reducing the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) you contribute to the atmosphere to help create a better world. By reducing the amount of electricity, natural gas, gasoline, water and "stuff" you use in your daily life, you can minimize your share of greenhouse gas pollution and do your part to alleviate the effects of climate change.

"What's at stake is severe impacts to the climate, economy and well-being that our children and grandchildren will inherit if we continue with 'business as usual,'" said Kacey Fitzpatrick, team leader for Cool Los Altos.

Cool Los Altos is a grassroots group that spreads climate change awareness (see sidebar).

"To succeed in curbing global warming requires action at all sectors: government, businesses and individuals," Fitzpatrick said. "There is both an economic imperative and a moral imperative to act in fundamentally new ways."

Cool Los Altos has issued a Low Carbon Challenge as a rallying call to Los Altos residents.

The Low Carbon Challenge is a pledge to cut your annual household CO2 emissions by 2,000 pounds. Cool Los Altos' goal is to sign up 500 families and reach 1 million pounds of reduction annually.

The challenge is geared to families that want to start living greener but haven't taken many steps yet. The items on the action menu are easy and/or inexpensive for everyone to enact.

"The Low Carbon Challenge was designed to be accessible and to make it easy for the typical family to begin doing their part," Fitzpatrick said.

And, what if you are already doing these things? Cool Los Altos members suggest you do the following: (1) get involved with them to help spread the word, (2) buy "The Low Carbon Diet" book through their Web site and start taking other new actions and (3) install solar panels in your home to offset most of your electricity usage.

Sign up at www.CoolLosAltos.org.

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