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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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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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'Sully' lands in Cupertino for Celebrity Forum

Sullenberger

Capt. Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III, hailed as a hero for crash-landing an Airbus A320 on the Hudson River and sparing the lives of 155 passengers and crew, told a Celebrity Forum audience Oct. 1 that his story is that of “an ordinary person who found himself in extraordinary circumstances.”

After disabled US Airways Flight 1549 landed safely on the water in Manhattan in January 2009, Sullenberger, thrust instantly into the media spotlight, achieved what he jokingly called “Santa Claus status,” with mail arriving at his Danville home marked simply “Hero Pilot.”

Sullenberger said the outpouring of support – letters, e-mails, Facebook fan pages, keys to cities – from around the world was humbling.

“We received thanks from every continent on the planet,” he said.

With the “Miracle on the Hudson” now 18 months in the rearview mirror, Sullenberger has taken time to process what happened and ponder why the event struck such a chord.

He concluded that the fateful landing happened at a time when the world was in the throes of a financial meltdown and “people were actively searching for good news.”

“It was seen as life-affirming – it gave people hope,” he said.

Sullenberger credited his four crewmembers – and first-responders to the crash, who sent ferries and blankets within four minutes of splashdown – and said Flight 1549 is a reminder of what’s at stake when we fly. People tend to forget, he said, how modern an endeavor flying is – the Wright Brothers first took flight only 106 years ago.

“We make it look easy, but it’s not,” he said. “It’s hard. Flying requires skill that rises to the level of mastery.”

It’s not uncommon to be unfamiliar with your crew, Sullenberger said – he and his first officer and three flight attendants met for the first time three days before the crash. And though he believes that as captain “everything, ultimately, is my responsibility,” hearing his fellow crewmembers performing their jobs during the landing inspired confidence in him.

A “realistic optimism” set in, Sullenberger said, a duality of mind – he and his crew could achieve goals while at the same time confronting immediate and dangerous circumstances.

“We never stopped working as a team that day,” he said. “I am very proud of the fact that the crew and I were up to the challenges we faced that day.”

In hindsight, would he do anything differently?

“Given the outcome, I would be reluctant to change anything about that day,” he said.

In the aftermath of the emergency landing, Sullenberger has made it his mission to advocate airline safety and use his newfound celebrity to advance charitable causes.

“I feel an intense obligation to use this situation for good,” he said.

As for the future, Hollywood’s calling. Producers have optioned the movie rights to Sullenberger’s memoir, and the captain laughingly said he expects George Clooney to play him.

Celebrity Forum has scheduled paleontologist Louise Leakey, Ph.D., to speak Oct. 27-29 at Flint Center at De Anza College in Cupertino. For tickets and more information, visit www.celebrityforum.net.

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