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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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Heavy medal: Four St. Francis High athletes return from state as medalists

For Ben Sitler, the boys 3,200-meter run at the state track and field championships came down to class.

Dragging with about 300 yards to go and in jeopardy of falling to fourth place, the St. Francis High senior found his motivation.

"I saw Mikel Thomas coming up and I realized he was a junior," Sitler said. "So I kicked hard and beat him."

Sitler held on for third place, finishing Saturday's race in 9 minutes, 2.56 seconds. Thomas of Clovis High came in two seconds later.

The only junior Sitler couldn't beat was Royal's Michael Cybulski, the winner with an 8:53.77. El Camino senior AJ Acosta took second with an 8:59.15.

"If I kicked earlier, I might have beaten AJ," Sitler said.

Although nine seconds off his top time, Sitler said he was "pretty happy with it." The muggy conditions at Cerritos College in Orange County made it difficult for everyone, according to Sitler, noting that no one ran their best.

"It was hot and kind of windy," he said. "With the field we had - with a little better conditions - we could have had a really good day."

Princeton-bound Sitler said he was in "the chase pack" for much of the race, first following West Covina's Diego Mercado. But Mercado had to drop out on the fifth lap after twisting his ankle.

Cybulski took the lead, with

Sitler and Acosta following at an almost even pace. The heat got to Sitler with two laps left ("I was really feeling it," he said) and the Los Altos resident fell back until he was challenged by Thomas.

Sitler, who won the 3,200 and 1,600 at the Central Coast Section meet the previous week, has one more race to run. He has qualified for this weekend's Golden West Invitational in Folsom.

Sitler will have familiar company at the meet, just as he did at state. St. Francis sent eight other athletes to Southern California.

Junior Natasha Barthel placed second in the girls pole vault, clearing 12 feet, 9 inches. Fellow Lancer Taylor Franklin, a senior, came in seventh (11-9).

Junior Casey Roche was third in the boys pole vault with a 16-5, besting his CCS-winning mark by 3 inches. Teammate Ben Sheehan also made the finals of the event, but the senior no-heighted.

Senior Kyle Mills-Bunje was third in the long jump (23-8 3/4), helping the St. Francis boys finish eighth as a team (18 points).

St. Francis' other competitors did not get past Friday's preliminaries. Sela Paini was 15th in the girls discus (122-10); junior Andy Vargas (53-5 1/2) and senior David Wernick (51-2 3/4) were 15th and 20th, respectively, in the boys shot put; senior Sam Pompei was 16th in the boys 800 run (1:55.66); and sophomore Omar Bourgoub took 17th in the boys high jump (6-3).

The Lancers also had a team in the girls 4x400 relay, which finished 17th in the preliminaries (3:59.74). Los Altos High finished 19th (4:01.08) in that race.

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