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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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LASD school reclaims name: Gardner Bullis

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees voted May 12 to change the name of Bullis-Purissima School to Gardner Bullis Elementary School.

Due to budget cuts, Bullis-Purissima School was shuttered in 2003, igniting a firestorm of contention and controversy. With the school set to reopen in the fall, some board members – and community constituents – believed resurrecting the old name might perpetuate the negativity associated with the closure of Los Altos Hills' lone elementary school.

In an effort to wipe the slate clean – and to avoid confusion with Bullis Charter School – Superintendent Tim Justus proposed the possible name change to the board.

In early April, the board established a committee to suggest new names for the district's seventh elementary school. The committee recommended such variations as Gardner Bullis Elementary School and Purissima Elementary School.

After the seven committee members selected the top two choices, board members Bill Cooper and David Pefley reported that Gardner Bullis Elementary School was the choice.

"The concept is to try to look toward the future, but with respect to the past," said Pefley, board vice president.

Pefley said some members of the committee voted to keep the name as it was, Bullis-Purissima.

"What a wonderful, wise and conciliatory conclusion to what began as a very divisive issue," Shari Emling, Los Altos Hills resident and former parent of Bullis-Purissima students, wrote in a letter to the board. "Thank you for the decision to keep Gardner Bullis' name on our school, and continue to honor a man who was so instrumental in bringing (and maintaining) so many positives to both Los Altos Hills and Los Altos."

The district received several letters and e-mails in response to a proposed name change. Several Los Altos Hills residents wanted to preserve the Bullis name to honor the memory of Gardner C. Bullis, an attorney instrumental in incorporating the city of Los Altos Hills. A longtime community volunteer, Bullis died in 1981 at the age of 94.

Pefley said the change both honors the Bullis legacy and lessens the confusion with the charter school name.

"The name Gardner Bullis has the historical ties to Bullis," Pefley said. "To the extent that ‘Gardner' would be emphasized … offers a potential to get rid of confusion."

As far as a mascot is concerned, the decision will be left to the Gardner community, Board President Mark Goines said. The previous mascot was the Bullis-Purissima Bear, and several community members have suggested the "Gardner Grizzlies."

Contact Traci Newell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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