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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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A look at state, county initiatives and DA race

Proposition 81 Library improvements

If passed, Proposition 81 would enable the state to sell $600 million in bonds for the construction and renovation of local libraries. State general fund revenues, primarily personal and corporate income taxes and state sales taxes, would be used to pay the cost. The annual cost to an average California resident would be approximately $2, according to supporters of the measure.

Proposition 82 Publicly funded preschool

Proposition 82 would create a new, publicly funded voluntary preschool program for children. The measure, expected to cost more than $2 billion annually, would be funded by a 1.7 percent tax on incomes of individuals who earn more than $400,000 annually. Proponents say that preschool jump-starts successful learning. Opponents call it an expensive bureaucratic addition to the school system.

Measure B State parks funding

This measure does not increase taxes; rather, it approves the continued use of county general funds for public park development and maintenance. Measure B requests a 12-year extension of the funding availability. Since 1972, .014 of every $100 of assessed value has been available for parks funding. A homeowner with an assessed value of $800,000 pays about $113

annually.

District attorney race

The district attorney is the county public official who directs the government's prosecution of criminals. There are no term limits to the office, and outgoing DA George Kennedy has served 16 years. All four candidates have logged significant time in the DA's office. Three are DA assistants, and one is a Superior Court judge.

Mark Buller, an assistant district attorney, has 20 years of experience as a Santa Clara County prosecutor and lists crime prevention and community partnerships as priorities.

Karyn Sinunu, chief deputy under Kennedy, has been spokeswoman for the DA and lists public safety, technological innovations in prosecution and integrity in the DA's office as priorities.

Deputy DA Jim Shore has served as president of the California Prosecutor's Association and the Santa Clara Country Government Attorney's Association. He prioritized youth intervention, ethical management of the DA's office and passage of Jessica's Law, a sex predator deterrent, in his campaign statements.

Dolores A. Carr worked 15 years as a DA and five years as a private attorney before her election to the Superior Court bench in 2000. The supervising judge of the Family Division, Carr listed as priorities community trust and feedback, and collaboration with law enforcement, the defense bar and the court system.

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