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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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Eagles no match for Menlo: LA boys fall 6-1 in section quarterfinals

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Joe Hu/Town Crier
Top singles player Denny Fafek was the lone Los Altos High player to earn a win against Menlo in last week's Central Coast Section quarterfinal match. The Eagles end the season with a 15-8 record.

The Central Coast Section didn't do Los Altos High any favors by changing the boys tennis playoffs from two divisions to one this year.

Had the 2006 format remained, coach Cuong Duong believes the Eagles would have made it back to the title match rather than lose in the quarterfinals.

"I think we would have met Bellarmine in the finals," he said after Los Altos exited the playoffs with a 6-1 setback at Menlo on May 7.

The Eagles faced the Bells in last year's Division I final and lost 4-3. This year, Menlo - a Division II team in 2006 - met Bellarmine for the title and won it.

Menlo has never been a good matchup for Los Altos. The Knights have won 11 of their last 12 meetings with the Eagles. Although Los Altos lost just 4-3 at Menlo April 18 in a non-league match, Duong said the result was misleading.

"They were missing three guys last time," he said. "All of them were there this time around."

Sixth-seeded Los Altos (15-8) was simply overmatched by No. 3 Menlo (19-3) last week. The Knights' six wins came in straight sets.

"They're just a better team," Duong said. "When we left, we felt we tried our best, but Menlo just beat us. They're deeper and played a better match."

Top singles player Denny Fafek saved Los Altos from being shut out. The senior prevailed 7-5, 7-5 to keep his perfect record intact.

"He played great - and on a really hot day when it was over 90 degrees," Duong said of the Fresno State-bound Fafek. "He just played his game."

The Eagles' No. 2 player, junior Jeff Liu, fell 6-1, 6-1.

"There were a lot of close points," Duong said, "but the score doesn't indicate that."

Junior Jonathan Tran and senior Mehran Umerani lost 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 and 4 singles, respectively.

Los Altos has been particularly strong in doubles - all three teams won in straight sets against Harker in the second round of CCS - but didn't look like it against Menlo.

"That's our strength, but they're even better," Duong said of the Knights, who didn't lose a set in doubles in the quarterfinal.

The top team of seniors Morgan Moy and Nathan Manashirov came closest to beating Menlo.

"They played pretty well in the first set - it was 7-5 - then they lost 6-1," Duong said. "There were guys losing all around them and they didn't have the fight. When you see that, you don't have the energy to fight for each point."

Los Altos' other doubles teams - comprising senior Luc Bergevin and junior Camille Fritsch at No. 2 and freshman Charlie Bergevin and junior Hayden Smith at No. 3 - lost convincingly.

The season may have ended earlier than the Eagles had hoped, but Duong isn't too disappointed.

"I'm happy with the season, to get to the quarterfinals of CCS," he said. "The top four teams (moved on); I think we just weren't good enough to get there as a sixth seed."

Los Altos also finished second in the SCVAL De Anza Division and beat some ranked teams along the way.

The season may not be over for all the Eagles, though.

Fafek has qualified for the individual portion of CCS after winning the league tournament the last week of April. The CCS tourney is scheduled to begin Tuesday at Imperial Courts in Aptos. Duong said Fafek may not compete, however, due to a conflict with a national tournament he has entered.

Two of Los Altos' doubles teams have a chance at making the individual tournament as at-large entries. Luc Bergevin and Fritsch placed second at the league tourney, while Moy and Liu placed third. Duong said he should know this week if either team qualified.

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