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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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In The Past...

In the Dec. 2, 1970 edition of the Town Crier, a headline read, "Los Altos Kicks the Bucket," referring to Colonel Sander's big round chicken bucket on top of the Kentucky Fried Chicken dispensary. It had been a feature of the local skyline for several years, much to the dismay of many citizens.

The bucket had been ruled non-conforming when the city sign ordinance was changed in 1968. Since the sign pre-existed the ordinance change, Kentucky Fried Chicken was given two years to remove the offending bucket. A new non-bucket shaped sign featuring the Colonel's beaming image took its place.

The El Camino Hospital Board of Directors gave final approval for open heart surgery on a limited basis at the Mountain View hospital.

Dr. Norman Shumway, well-known heart surgeon at the Stanford University Medical School, agreed to direct the pilot program and to perform up to two open heart surgery operations per week at El Camino starting in early 1971.

More than 50,000 tiny white lights twinkled on the bare branches of more than 100 street trees, and evergreen boughs decorated almost every lamp post. They bid welcome to the 1970 Christmas season in downtown Los Altos.

Los Altos High Knights were tied 14-14 in the first half of the 1970 Thanksgiving Day game at Buck Shaw Stadium. Those 14 points were the last Homestead was able to get with Los Altos amassing more than 30 points to win the game 44-14 and capture the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League championship.

50 years ago in the Los Altos News

The Nov. 29, 1945 edition of the Los Altos News reported Los Altans were asked to signify their acceptance or rejection of city delivery curb service of all mail. If agreed upon, it meant only one home delivery of mail each day as compared to the prevailing box system of two deliveries daily to post office boxes.

The feasibility of city delivery was contingent on the assignment of house numbers to each dwelling and on suitable rural mail boxes erected along one side of each street.

The Mountain View High School Eagles downed a fighting Santa Clara Panther eleven by the score of 12-6 in a night game on Mountain View football field.

The Eagles went on to another victory on Nov. 16 at Gilroy when they defeated the Mustangs 18-2 thus keeping Mountain View in the running for the 1945 Santa Clara Valley Athletic League title.

nullResearched by Ellen Shaw of the Los Altos History House Association

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