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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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Business Briefs

Legato Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:LGTO) has announced the launch of its customer certification and consultant certification programs. The programs provide both intensive hands-on technical training and on-site knowledge transfer.

"As distributed environments grow more complex, there is an increased need for (information technology) staff and system integrators to have strong skills in implementing and maintaining data protection," said Mark Diamond, director of professional services. "Legato has developed these programs to ensure that the technical staff of both our customers and partners develop and maintain the skills for deploysing Legato products in these environments. This, in turn, results in a higher return on investment for the customer.

For more information visit the Legato Web site at www.legato.com.

Cordingly named BAL president

BAL Associates, Software and Hardware Consulting Services of Los Altos has announced the promotion of Glenn Cordingley to president of the high-tech recruiting company. Cordingly takes responsibility for BAL's East and West Coast operations. Formerly vice president of sales and marketing for BAL, he will continue to oversee the company's sales and marketing functions. He reports to founder and former president, Brahm Levin. Levin retains the title of chief executive officer and will supervise the company's role as a leading supplier of contract and permanent employees to Silicon Valley technology companies.

The transition comes during a period of change for BAL, which was recently purchased by Personnel Group of America, a $600-million North Carolina company specializing in temporary services.

Founded in 1989, BAL specializes in qualifying and placing high-end software and hardware engineers. For more information call 951-6016.

Varian's first product returns, briefly

Blackberry jam is one way Varian Associates is reminding its past and present employees of the fun the founders had when the company was a startup 50 years ago.

The story is that in 1948 finances were tight for the fledgling firm and the founders' spouses helped out. Once, Charlie Litton of Litton Industries gave them a flat of fresh blackberries. Two innovative wives decided to make jam in the empty research and development lab during lunchtime. While stirring the jam pot on the two-burner stove, they were surprised by a visit from a potential customer for a klystron, one of the firm's first products. The customer jokingly referred to the jam as one of Rus Varian's "strange experiments." That Christmas he received a jar of "Varian's first product line" with a note saying the jam was not available for re-order, but he could have as many klystrons as he wanted.

Varian is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a limited production of its blackberry jam. The global company, boasted $1.4 billion in 1997 revenues. It holds more than 10,000 patents.

Business after-hours mixer

Los Altos Sub-Acute & Rehabilitation Center will host the June 3 Los Altos Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours Mixer. The event is scheduled from 5:30-7 p.m. at the center, 809 Fremont Ave.

For information, call 948-6238.

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