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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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Letters to the Editor

City vulnerable to speeders

Recently, I read a very favorable article on our police chief retiring at age 56 with a pension of 90 percent of pay.

An accompanying article was entitled, "Radar use out in Los Altos." Tickets are invalid until the city brings speed-limit information up to date. The 2001-2002 speed surveys are out of date and fail to comply with state and federal regulations.

My first reaction to this article is: How did this happen and who is responsible? If our city cannot even be current on traffic rules and regulations, then my safety and the safety of my family living here is impacted.

(Former city manager Phil) Rose, I would like to know who is responsible for this serious breach. Is it the police department or is it within the traffic department of the city?

I have lived here since 1965 with no plans of leaving. But now I am having my doubts. My once safe city is now vulnerable to speeders, while the city employees are taking early retirement at 90 percent pay.

Frank Musso Jr.

Los Altos

Appalled over radar action, secrecy

The negligence of city personnel to maintain valid traffic control reports invalidating the use of radar since February of this year is only exceeded by your decision to increase the amount of money spent, according to the papers, in excess of $40,000 to speed up the process by one month. Is there any indication that since tickets cannot be written on radar, traffic speeds have increased creating a public danger, or worse yet, has any person suffered injury as a result of the police department's inability to write radar tickets?

I am a certified traffic commissioner for the County of Santa Clara as well as a resident of Los Altos. I am appalled that the council would spend this substantial sum of money without any findings of danger to the public. The only thing being lost is the ability of the state to collect revenue for speeding tickets and the council should be much more concerned about spending taxpayer's monies for what clearly is an administrative error that can be rectified without having to incur a $40,000 penalty!

Finally, the fact that the city manager sought to keep this secret is disturbing. What other secrets have been kept from public scrutiny?

Gloria Dralla

Los Altos

How about a better senior center?

I would like to second the letter concerning the mediocre facilities of the Los Altos Senior Center, written by Marv Emerling in the Crier on June 20.

I am reminded of this same situation when in 1957 the Federated Woman's Club of Los Altos noted that the only place the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts had to meet was a structure built in 1922 and condemned in 1956. Consequently, the need for a building to serve the youth in the community became an issue. At that point, the Woman's Club stepped in and initiated a fundrasing drive which was presented to the city council.

As a result of the community's pulling together, $61,404 was raised, the groundbreaking ceremony was held in September 1960, the Youth Center became a reality and was turned over to the City of Los Altos Recreation Department.

Now these ladies are senior citizens and have been contributing to the community for many years but find there is not much for them here in the city they love regarding a Senior Center. However, hopefully, the ad hoc committee of concerned citizens who are getting together to see what might be done with the Civic Center's 22 acres will consider a Senior Center facility to compare with those in the neighboring communities.

Helen Foerster

Los Altos

LASD deserves credit

Since the closing of Bullis-Purissima School, recent years have been marked by conflict between Los Altos Hills and Los Altos School District. Now it is time to step back and give credit where it is due.

LASD committed to returning a neighborhood school to Los Altos Hills, and appears on their way to fulfilling that commitment. While we continue to support the return of Bullis Charter School to Los Altos Hills, LASD deserves credit for their efforts to reopen Bullis-Purissima, with the latest step designating new contiguous boundaries for this school and its projected opening in 2008 with a full K-6.

We continue to encourage the district to address two major, related issues that may be the final steps in a complete solution: a permanent location for the charter, and the need for extra school capacity in the northern end of the district.

Dean Warshawsky

Mayor, Los Altos Hills

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