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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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New schools chief Bragg named for Cupertino Union School District

William Bragg is the new superintendent of the Cupertino Union School District, the board of trustees announced last Friday. Bragg, a deputy superintendent for instruction in the Oceanside Unified School District, succeeds Patricia Lamson, who is retiring after seven years at the helm of the 15,000-student, K-8 district.

Bragg will join the Cupertino district this coming Monday, April 7.

"Dr. Bragg is the unanimous choice of our board," said president Sandra James in announcing the appointment. "He loves children, is an instructional leader, has extensive classroom teaching and school site leadership experience, and is committed to an inclusive process that involves staff, parents, and the broader community. He has a proven track record of positive leadership in curriculum development, personnel, staff development, facility planning and budget development.

"Our district will continue in good bands. He is a listener, a teacher, a leader - a perfect fit for what is one of the premier school districts in California," James said.

Since Lamson announced her retirement last fall after 30 years in the Cupertino district, the board has conducted an extensive national search and selection process to determine her successor.

Board members received input from staff, parents and the community on personal characteristics and leadership qualifications.

An educator since 1969, Bragg taught grades 1-5 for 12 years in Southern California. He then served as an elementary school principal and assistant superintendent for personnel in the New Haven Unified School District in Union City.

for four years. In l985, he joined the Oceanside School District as an assistant superintendent for curriculum and personnel before assuming his last position.

In his 10 years as deputy superintendent, Bragg has been responsible for all aspects of the instructional program, and was the architect of Oceanside's school-based coordination program to support efforts that have a positive impact on student learning. He also played a pivotal role in the district's school construction program, and administered the successful implementation of middle schools and class size reduction.

Bragg received his bachelor's degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara, his master's degree from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, and his doctorate from United States International University, San Diego.

Bragg is the 12th superintendent of the Cupertino Union School District that serves students in Cupertino and portions of Los Altos, San Jose, Santa Clara, Saratoga, and Sunnyvale. He and his wife Pam have two grown children in college, a daughter at Pepperdine and a son at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

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