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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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Letters to the Editor

Rancho's personal service 'a little tired?'

As I read that Rancho Hardware was closing its doors (Jan. 24 Town Crier), my heart sank. Another landmark of our little town is to become history. The new landlord of the property states that Rancho Hardware "... seems a little tired." His perception of "a little tired" is not the perception of the thousands of residents who frequented the hardware store throughout the years. The implication of the article is that the rent was raised, forcing the decades-old business to close. A business like Rancho Hardware fit our community as well as the gloves it sold.

The owner and employees greeted each customer and individually provided time and personal service. If an item was not to be found, they would order it or tell the customer where to get it. The surveillance mirrors in one of our junior high schools were specially ordered by Rancho Hardware and hand delivered, I might add, by one of the employees. Maybe those notions, too, are a little tired.

As a teacher who has resided in Los Altos for 35 years, I have seen many former teenage students gleaning valuable work and practical experience as employees of Rancho Hardware. Do the Big Box stores that he has implied Los Altans frequent do the same?

The landlord wants to "put somebody in there that is consistent with parking and the community." He doesn't realize that "tired" Rancho Hardware, with its friendliness, service, diligence and unique charm, represents the vision of "community" for most of our residents.

This same landlord is also the developer of a major three-story project in Los Altos on San Antonio Road (Jan. 31 Town Crier). Perhaps there is still time to divert some of the profits he is sure to reap and apply them to offset the rent increase that was foisted on Rancho Hardware. He should do everything in his power to keep this charming and unique piece of community viable and available for Los Altans. Maybe it is not too late.

Cindy Andrews

Los Altos

Seriously not amused by vandalism

I just spent two hours cleaning up what must have been 20 rolls of 2-ply toilet paper from my trees and bushes. This is the fourth time this has happened, and I am not amused.

Last month it was two dozen eggs smashed against my house. Seriously not amused. On Halloween night it was TP and human feces, on my steps and car. Completely and unequivocably not amused. My 15-year-old son is pretty sure who the culprits are, but we do not have enough proof to confront them.

After the feces incident, I contacted the sheriff and he said he is helpless, as these actions are considered a prank and not a misdemeanor. Even the fact that there are running all over my property is not a crime unless I post big "No Trespassing" signs and actually catch them.

So, I am asking for help from the community and, mostly, from these kids' parents. A question: do you know where your darlings are on weekend nights between midnight and 5 a.m.? How would you feel if this were your house being targeted again and again?

I am angry that these kids are so unsupervised and so unfeeling as to hit us again and again. Please, find something constructive to do!

Katharine Lang

Los Altos Hills

Are parking limits really necessary?

On Feb. 2, I received a parking citation in one of the lots between Main and State streets. The violation was for exceeding the parking time of two hours (by 22 minutes).

What are our city fathers thinking when Los Altos has vacant stores where businesses were forced to close due to high rents? What are our city fathers thinking when Los Altos limits the time you can park downtown to use available services, like hair salons, and then can't stay for lunch or browse shops without having to move your car?

Is it any wonder that our lovely city is driving residents to the malls, where one can spend many hours with free parking?

I have lived in Los Altos 33 years and I have never had a problem finding a parking space no matter what time of day. Residents and visitors should not be fined because they want to remain downtown for more than two hours.

It is time the Los Altos City Council reconsider this unnecessary law.

Mary Popek

Los Altos

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