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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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Pinewood senior goes in front of the camera on 'First Cut'

Getting tossed around by professional wrestlers, hobnobbing with Hollywood stars and attending theater openings is all in a day's work for 17-year-old Jon Chu, who is a special corespondent on the award-winning teen magazine show, "First Cut."

The Los Altos Hills resident made his television debut as the show's special correspondent in August, after being selected from among more than 150 other hopefuls.

Chu said he has always enjoyed being in the spotlight, but believes he was chosen as a corespondent for being a "computer nerd."

"I think I stood out because I'm weird," he said. "I just love computers."

Chu has even incorporated his portable computer, named "Devito," into the weekly show as his sidekick.

Producer Bertrand Pellegrin said Chu's computer knowledge was a bonus, but he selected Chu because "he is very charismatic and seemed like the right person."

Produced by the Special Projects unit of NewsCenter 4, the San Francisco-based show features news, music profiles, and technology and fashion stories by an all-teen reporter staff.

Since its premiere in 1993, the show has earned numerous awards, including two Emmy Awards.

Chu, who has filmed five episodes, is the special correspondent for the show's three-minute "Launch Pad" segment, in which he interviews musicians, celebrities and athletes one-on-one in the studio and also goes out into the field.

Chu said filming short segments is no easy task. Because the staff doesn't usually edit the final take, the three-minute interview has to be shot over if anyone makes a mistake, he said.

Chu said a 10-second spot can take up to 45 minutes to film.

"It's really hard because I'm just beginning," he said. "Everyone is watching you and telling you about all of your faults. It's a lot of pressure."

Chu said to alleviate any awkward moments with his guests, he wears a microphone in his ear as a security blanket and the producers discreetly coach him on what to say.

Chu said filming the show once a week, keeping up on current news, fulfilling his role as associate student body president at Pinewood School and maintaining his grades involves "lots of hard work and late nights."

Chu said he plans to pursue a career behind the camera as a producer. He is already a professional filmmaker who produces short films in his home studio for local companies and organizations, Chu said.

"First Cut" airs at 4 p.m., Saturdays on KRON-TV, channel 4.

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