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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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Recycled plastic makes sturdy decks

The Earnhardts live along Skyline Boulevard where the wind blows and the fog settles in most of the morning. Their first redwood deck lasted about six years in that weather, and when they went shopping for a new deck they went to Bruce Bauer Lumber & Supply in Mountain View.

David Thom, buyer for Bruce Bauer, spoke with the Earnhardts and explained the features of a new type of material called Trex Lumber. They were selling a lot of it because of its flexibility.

"There comes a time when red cedar and redwood becomes too expensive to use for decks and this material is a great substitute," Thom said. "This material won't splinter, crack, can be sawed, sanded, nailed and drilled. It is resistant to termites, ants, rot and decay."

According to Thom, Trex is made by the Mobil Chemical Company and has been around several years. The product is made from recycled plastic grocery bags, industrial stretch film, sawdust from furniture factories and used wooden pallets. The materials are broken down and then extruded into standard lumber dimensions.

The material has been used in municipal projects like playgrounds and beach front boardwalks. City building inspectors have found it used in playground equipment, fencing, noise barriers, landscaping and industrial flooring.

"The reason some people like Trex," Thom said, "is they can sand and plane Trex just like wood. When you paint it, no special preparation is required other than working with a clean surface."

Trex weighs more than wood and is more flexible. An 8-foot 2x6 weighs about 30 pounds. Because of the plastic in Trex, it shields the wood fiber, and moisture absorption is extremely low.

When it comes to pricing, Trex costs only slightly more than treated lumber. Current prices at distributors is under $2 per square foot.

Bruce Bauer Lumber is located at 134 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View. For more information call 948-1089

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