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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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Local golfers dominate tourney

The junior golf season is in full swing and several players with local ties are on course to have great summers.

Topping the leader board is Michael Jensen, 17. The Los Altos resident won a pair of overall championships at Junior Golf Association of Northern California tournaments held last week.

"I have been hitting the ball really well, but I have not made as many putts as I would have liked," said Jensen, who's entering his senior year at St. Francis High and played on the school's championship golf team. "But I am playing well right now and enjoying it."

The week started with Jensen defending his title at the 68th annual East Bay Junior Golf Championship, which took place June 16 and 17 at the Chuck Corica Golf Complex in Alameda.

Tied with A.J. DiLaura at the end of regulation play -- both posted two-round scores of 136 in the boys 16-17 division-- Jensen went on to win a sudden-death playoff after one hole. Jensen, finishing six-under par after rounds of 69 and 67, is the first player to successfully defend an East Bay Juniors championship, according to tournament officials.

Jensen collected another overall title on Friday at the two-day Green Valley Junior, hosted by the Green Valley Country Club in Suisun. He tallied a two-under-par 142, firing rounds of 72 and 70, to finish two shots better than any other player in the boys 14-17 division.

In between these events, a busy Jensen notched fourth place at the June 18 Palo Alto Junior.

Charlie Sines of Los Altos came away from the East Bay Junior with some hardware as well.

Sines claimed the boys 14-15 division with an even-par score of 142, shooting 71 each day. Sines, 14, prevailed by three strokes over runner-up Jason Alves (Aptos).

"I won the tournament on the first four holes on the second day," said Sines, who will be a sophomore at Los Altos High in the fall. "Most of the others blew up, but I was able to stay focused and shot one-under par on the first nine holes."

Sines also recently qualified for the Independent Insurance Agents Junior Classic State Finals, slated for July 10 and 11 at the DeLaveaga Golf Course in Santa Cruz.

Sines qualified by shooting a 74 May 28 at the Santa Cruz County IIAJ event held at DeLaveaga. Sines was second in his age group (14-15) and sixth overall out of 79 golfers ages 18 and under.

Although he didn't win his division, Alvin Lata also turned in a solid performance at the East Bay Junior.

Lata, entering his junior year at St. Francis, recorded the best round of any golfer during the final day of the tourney with a 66.

The 16-year-old from Pleasanton placed second in the boys 16-17 division with a 137. He shot 71 the first day.

Lata's second-round score has qualified him for the Junior World Championship, set for July 15-18 in San Diego.

Turning from Juniors to the pros, area player James Perkins played an impressive round at a recent event.

The assistant pro at Los Altos Golf & Country Club teamed with Marc Braga of San Jose to place second at the Pro Scotch Championship, a Northern California-Professional Golfers' Association ILT event held June 9 at Oakhurst Country Club in Clayton. The pair combined for a 137; Mark Sherman (Green Valley) and Jeff McMillen (Ukiah Muni) won with a 135.

Perkins' 64 was the low score of the day.

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