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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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Mtn. View girls eke out another victory

Photo R. Alan Hwang/Special To The Town Crier

Mountain View High’s Sharissa Estremera, front, celebrates Friday’s win.

The Mountain View High girls basketball team isn’t the biggest or best-shooting squad in the league, yet here the Spartans are – sitting in first place.

Mountain View has a knack for winning close games, like Friday’s 44-42 decision over Lynbrook. The Spartans’ last five games have been decided by four points or less, and they’ve won all but one of them.

“It’s all about determination for us,” said coach Judy Auclair, whose team improved to 5-2 in the SCVAL De Anza Division and 12-7 overall. “We never feel we’re out of a game – we just keep playing. It doesn’t matter if it’s a two-point game or we’re down nine, we don’t feel anybody can beat us.”

The visiting Vikings, who came into Friday’s game tied for first, had their chances. They held a 38-34 lead entering the fourth quarter. But the spunky Spartans scored the next seven points, the last five by Sharissa Estremera (baseline drive and corner 3). The junior guard finished with a game-high 20 points that included four treys.

“Sharissa hit a lot of 3s and kept us in the game,” Auclair said.

Lynbrook snapped its scoreless streak with 4:56 left – on an inside basket by center Jordan Day (16 points) – but Mountain View quickly countered with an uncontested layup from guard Abish Alcaraz. Forward Tiffany Wooten added a free throw at the 3:22 mark, giving the Spartans a 44-40 advantage.

The teams then traded turnovers three times before the Vikings cut their deficit in half on a layin by guard Sharon Hao with 1:10 to go.

After Mountain View missed back-to-back drives, Lynbrook had two shots at tying the game. The Vikings took the ball to the basket both times, with Day’s drive through the middle bouncing off the rim at the buzzer.

The Spartans survived despite shooting only 29 percent from the field and missing 11 of their 15 attempts from 3-point range. But Mountain View forced 14 turnovers, eight of them in the fourth quarter when it limited Lynbrook to 2-of-14 shooting.

“Our defense has to pick it up (for us to win),” Auclair said. “Without height, it’s just determination.”

Perhaps no player was more determined than Sarah Wada. The junior guard scored five points playing with sore ribs.

“Give Wada credit,” Auclair said. “She probably shouldn’t have been out there.”

All of Wada’s points came in the first half, the last one on a free throw with a second left that put the Spartans ahead 22-18.

Estremera had 13 points at intermission.

Mountain View is scheduled to host Saratoga 6 p.m. Friday.

Contact Pete Borello at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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