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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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Local individual physicians join an IPA to offer better health care efficiency

The Santa Clara County Individual Practice Association (SCCIPA) recently announced the formation of a new senior management team and the startup of in-house administrative services designed to improve patient care and managed care efficiency.

This large and surprisingly little-known organization of 800 physicians in Santa Clara County choose to practice on their own, rather than join one of the medical clinics in San Jose, Sunnyvale or Palo Alto.

SCCIPA maintains hospital contracts with numerous hospitals in Santa Clara County, including El Camino Hospital in Mountain View. The administration also provides support to Coast Medical Clinic, an IPA that includes a number of physicians who practice at El Camino.

According to Beatrice Hoppe, public relations consultant for SCCIPA, the association has been behind the scenes for more than 10 years linking local physicians who practice medicine on their own. Presently, SCCIPA has more than 800 physicians and serves more than 100,000 local members through contracts with most California health maintenance organizations (HMOs).

"SCCIPA recently decided to invest in management and systems technology to provide their own members additional provider services. They have set up two after-hours programs to supplement medical care by their own physicians," Hoppe said.

The new programs include "On Call Advice," with registered nurses available by phone to help care for fevers, injuries or problems that come late at night or weekends when doctors' offices are closed. "Healthy Advice," a program that will help you take care of yourself through special classes on health issues such as having a baby, losing weight or stopping smoking.

According to Lawrence Bonham, M.D. chief executive and chief medical officer, two new additions were added to the senior management team to help streamline administrative services that link HMO members to the network of SCCIPA physicians.

Lawrence Williams, M.D. joined the IPA as medical director. The Los Altos resident formerly served as medical director for Foundation Health Preferred Administrators, where he developed innovative managed care systems and directed utilization review activities for 200,000 members of HMO and PPO plans.

Williams spent 20 years managing his private practice in oncology and internal medicine, and held leadership positions in El Camino Hospital programs for utilization review, quality management and information systems.

Randall D. Frakes joined the organization last year. He worked with Health Preferred Administrators (originally an El Camino start-up HMO) specializing in physician groups with capitated (payment limit) HMO contracts. He previously managed HMO and self-funded systems development for Blue Crass of California and Take Care. He will serve as executive vice president and chief operating officer

"When you join an HMO, the medical group or IPA you choose has a great impact on the care your receive," Hoppe said.

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