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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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Lawyer claims truck driver should have seen LAH cyclist

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The family of a Los Altos Hills cyclist killed Nov. 4 in a collision with a big rig has hired an attorney to act on its behalf in the ongoing inquiry into the cause of the accident. John M. Feder, an attorney with Rouda, Feder, Tietjen & McGuinn, alleged last week that the truck driver, Gabriel Manzur Vera, 44, should have seen Lauren Perdriau Ward, 47, who was wearing bright clothing and riding a pink Trek bicycle. “We know if the truck driver paid proper attention, he would not have missed seeing her,” Feder said. “We’ve been told he said he didn’t see her. … It’s mind-boggling.” Information surfaced last week that Vera was involved in similar fatal accidents in 2003 and 2007. California Highway Patrol spokesman Art Montiel confirmed last week that Vera was not found at fault in either incident. The CHP is withholding Vera’s statement to avoid influencing witness accounts, according to Montiel. Montiel said Vera was linked to the death of cyclist John Myslin, 25, in Santa Cruz in 2007 and a Dec. 31, 2003, fatality in Monterey. He couldn’t substantiate whether the 2003 accident involved a cyclist or a vehicle. According to Santa Cruz County Superior Court documents, Vera’s employer, Castroville-based Randazzo Enterprises Inc., reached a $1.5 million settlement in March with Myslin’s parents, Paul and Maria Myslin. “It’s shocking to many people (that Vera) should be allowed to still drive a big rig,” Feder said. Feder said his legal team retained experts in accident reconstruction to investigate whether Vera was at fault in the latest incident. Feder has not filed a lawsuit against Vera or Randazzo, but after the investigation, he may seek compensation for harm the family has suffered. Ward, a nurse and mother of two Mountain View High School students, and Vera were traveling westbound side-by-side on Alpine Road in Portola Valley near the Highway 280 overpass when the two collided. Police said Ward, who died on the scene, was riding on the truck’s left in the middle of three lanes. The road does not have bike lanes. Ward “was a very experienced, safety-conscious cyclist,” Feder said. “We believe she was doing everything right.” Reached by phone last week, a Randazzo employee would not comment on Vera’s record or whether he is still employed at the company. As of the Town Crier’s Monday press deadline, calls to Ward’s husband, Bob, were not returned. Lauren Ward, who advocated bicycle safety, once sent the Town Crier a letter to the editor, published in January 2009. “A bicycle is very vulnerable, like a pedestrian, to any sort of accident,” she wrote. “A car is a mode of transportation that, when mishandled, will cause death to its occupants and others.” Contact Elliott Burr at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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