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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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Corp. moves boost TC stock index

Stock Report

The widening economic crisis in Russia, new woes in Latin America and the antics of President Clinton sent the stock market on a nerve-racking free fall last Friday, dropping 288 points.

The global downdraft sent shares on a wild ride, but at the close, the Dow Jones industrial average was only down 77.76 points. Tech stocks didn't return to their opening prices, but some positive news for several companies helped increase the Town Crier Weekly Stock Index.

The index is still up for the year because of positive corporate events. Actions this past week were:

Varian Associates - High-tech equipment maker Varian Associates, Inc. announced Friday that it will spin off its core businesses to help beat back the effects of a weak semiconductor sector.

The plan, approved by the board, would split Varian into three businesses focused on health care systems, semiconductor equipment and various scientific instruments.

In a statement, Chairman and Chief Executive J. Tracy O'Rourke said the spinoff would give each business a sharper focus on its markets, customers, costs and growth potential. This will help boost the value of its stock price, he said. The stock was up 8 points for the week.

Intel - Intel planned to step up its battle with rivals Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and National Semiconductor Corp's Cyrix last Monday when it launched an improved, faster Celeron chip for the low-cost personal computer market.

Intel is expected to introduce two improved versions of the Celeron chip in its biggest assault yet on the booming sub-$1,000 PC market. Two Celeron chips, at speeds of 300 and 333 megahertz, will be launched, analysts said.

Aspect Development - Aspect Development split its stock 2 for 1 at the close of business Aug. 13. The stock is up 62 percent since Jan. 1.

Apple Computer - Orders continue to come in for the recently introduced iMac computer. The stock is up 227 percent since Jan. 1.

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