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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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Homestead still getting a handle on its new offense

Homestead High football coach Richard Delgado says it's only a matter of time before his team puts some zing into the double wing.

But so far, the Mustangs' new run-oriented offense has been stuck in low gear.

After getting shutout 35-0 at Aragon in the Sept. 11 season opener, Homestead was overwhelmed by Overfelt 34-14 last Friday night at Fremont High.

Yet Delgado sees some encouraging signs.

"We're kind of feeling our way," said the second-year coach, "but every week we're getting better."

The numbers seem to support his claim. The Mustangs only mustered 150 yards in the opener and failed to reach the end zone. Last week they gained 189 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns.

However, that wasn't nearly enough to keep up with high-powered Overfelt (2-0).

"They're an excellent team," Delgado said. "We tried to keep their offense off the field, but they were too much for us."

The Royals scored on their first three possessions, building a 21-0 lead with eight minutes remaining in the half. Quarterback Gilbert Moisa dissected the Homestead secondary by throwing for two touchdowns and halfback Larry Morris ran for the other.

Homestead, which gained nine yards in the opening quarter, put together its first scoring drive of the season just before halftime. The Mustangs only had to go 25 yards - thanks to a nice punt return by Trumaine Green and a 15-yard personal foul on Overfelt - but a score is a score.

Fullback Ali Beheshti got things rolling by turning a Matt Root screen pass into a 10-yard gain. Four plays later, Root threw his first-ever varsity touchdown - and it wasn't an easy one. The sophomore from Los Altos rolled right, avoided a would-be tackler and fired a 9-yard pass to tight end Paul Popoulias in the back of the end zone.

But the extra point failed, as a low snap threw off kicker Neal Mudgett of Los Altos.

The Royals opened the second half with another score from Morris, who was barely touched on a 17-yard sprint through the heart of the Homestead defense.

But the Mustangs answered back in a hurry, going 77 yards on four plays.

It all started with Los Altos resident Casler Johnston breaking loose for a 47-yard run up the middle. The drive ended on a 29-yard scamper by Jesse Nichols, who snuck into the left corner of the end zone. Jason Carl then plowed across the goal line for two-points, pulling Homestead within 28-14.

Overfelt put the game away late in the third quarter on Moisa's 26-yard scoring pass to an open Tim Luster.

The Homestead defense surrendered 377 yards in all, with a good chunk of that coming through the air.

"We'll be working a lot on pass defense this week," Delgado said.

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