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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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MV's Celan advances in CCS tennis; season ends for Foothill teams

Mountain View High’s Iva Celan was the lone local girls tennis player to advance beyond the opening round of the Central Coast Section Individual Tournament.

The unseeded junior bowed out in the quarterfinals of the singles competition, held Nov. 22 and 23 at Courtside Tennis Club in Los Gatos.

Celan defeated Santa Teresa’s Najah Simmons, also unseeded, 6-3, 7-6 in the first round. Celan next faced third seed Giannina Ong of Menlo, who prevailed 6-2, 6-4.

“Iva had a couple of chances to even the match up at one set each,” Mountain View coach Frank Smyth said. “She went up 4-2 in the second set but then lost four straight games as Ong closed out the match.”

Mountain View’s other representative in singles, sophomore Vivian Li, lost quickly to Mitty’s Mariska Chamdani. Smyth said unseeded Li “started slow and never got into the match” against No. 4 Chamdani, who won 6-1, 6-1.

St. Francis’ Mary Kloss lost her opener in straight sets as well. Top seed Crystal Yen of Saratoga beat the unseeded sophomore 6-4, 6-4.

In doubles, the Lancers’ unseeded duo of freshman Paulina Bajet and senior Angela Pratt lost in two close sets. Sixth-seeded Logan Finnell and Anna Romeka of Stevenson beat them 7-6, 6-5.

Women’s soccer

Foothill’s season ended in the second round of the NorCal playoffs with a 1-0 loss at American River Nov. 23.

“We had a few very good chances but couldn’t put it away,” said Owen Flannery, whose Owls edged Skyline by the same score in the first round.

Women’s volleyball

Foothill lost in four games at Santa Rosa Saturday in the second round of the NorCal playoffs, 25-22, 15-25, 21-25, 17-25.

In opening-round action Nov. 23, Foothill swept visiting Butte 25-18, 25-23, 25-23. Noel Kwalick notched 14 kills for the Owls and Angie Larsen had 14 digs.

Women’s water polo

Foothill finished fourth at the state championships Nov. 20. The Owls lost 8-4 to American River in the third-place game.

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