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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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LAEF reports record fundraising this year

With the school year just halfway completed, Los Altos Educational Foundation (LAEF) officials report that fundraising has already far surpassed the halfway point to their pledge for the year.

The foundation, a non-profit organization of parent volunteers that raises funds to enrich the Los Altos School District, increased its fundraising target for the current school year by 30 percent, to $2.35 million. Fundraising has passed the $2 million mark, with total donations growing 34 percent over last year. The number of families donating to the fund has also increased significantly.

“Providing the highest-quality public school education is a clear priority for the Los Altos community,” said LAEF President Glenn Goldberg. “This year parents have stepped up in record numbers with the highest donations ever to fund K-8 enrichment programs and smaller class sizes. There’s no doubt that parents are committed to keeping Los Altos one of the top-ranked school districts in the state.”

Goldberg said the additional $540,000 helped keep libraries open, prevented increases in elementary class sizes and maintained the electives in the junior high schools.

Participation in the foundation’s Leadership Circle is also higher than ever, with more than 50 district families to date donating $5,000 or more to help the schools.

The Leadership Circle includes several anonymous donors in addition to Jan and Brent Ahrens, Kristine and Erik Bardman, Roopa Ramaswamy and Sreeram Balakrishnan, So Yong Park and Brian Byun, Jennifer and Brian Carlstrom, Kevin Chatow and Kathy Grundhofer, Jessica and John Clarke, Linda and Alan Cyron, Gaurav and Tara Dhillon, Margie Suozzo and Tom Dillon, Kristen and Douglas Edwards, Sara and Brian Elkin, Rebecca and Rod Fallow, Molly and Scott Forstall, Becky and Mark Fuchs, Amy and Michael Galles, Gail Wong and Mark Goines, Sue and Glenn Goldberg, Wendy and Steve Grant, Dawn and Gary Guthart, Madeline and Andrew Gutow, Kristina and Robert Haeckl, Rae Lee and Karl Hansen, Debby and Jeff Haslem, Lia and Sandy Kandel, Paige and Michael Kaplan, Diane and Joe Kennedy, Isabelle and John Krystynak, Jennifer and David Lin, Karen and Alex Luke, Jennifer and Douglas Mack, Cheryl House and Peter Meyn, Anne and Peter Moran, Alan Pedersen, Alice and Les Poltrack, Heather and Michael Quigley, Jackie and David Radcliffe, Sriram Ramachandran and Meena D’Souza, Mariete and Jeffrey Rothschild, Susan Stark and Jerry Scher, Terry and Gary Spanner, Stacy and Peter Sullivan, Stephanie and Andrew Towell, Adrienne and Neil Tuch, Yoshiko Nishimura and David Vadasz, Lara and John Vastano, Tacy Witter and Jeff Mayer, Polly Tam and Hsien Chung Woo and Daphne Sang and Daniel Wu.

With $350,000 remaining to fulfill the amount the foundation pledged to the Los Altos schools for the 2010-2011 school year, Goldberg said that every donation counts.

For more information or to donate, visit www.laefonline.org.

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