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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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Gunn students shoot for high-tech success

Titan Computer Services scores major account

You're never too young to be an entrepreneur. Just ask the employees at one of Silicon Valley's youngest companies, Titan Computer Services. Located in Sunnyvale, the firm is founded and staffed by a group of Gunn High School students.

The students, ranging from juniors to graduated seniors, formed the company after taking a two-semester computer repair and maintenance class offered at Gunn. The class met at 7 a.m. and was part of the Regional Occupational Program, which helps students acquire hands-on experience and marketable skills.

Jim Thrall, a resident of Mountain View who taught the course, said he wanted the class to lead to something useful for the students. He decided on preparing the students for A+ certification, which consists of a two-part test and is the industry standard in hardware and basic operating system certification.

Essentially, Thrall said, "the students took a computer, tore it down, looked at each of the parts and put it back together again ... and made sure it all worked in the end."

Dan Pojanamat, a senior at Gunn, said, "A few students in the class decided on forming the company about halfway through the school year." Under the loose guidance of Thrall, they wrote a business plan for Titan (named after the Gunn mascot), using Microsoft Business Manager. Once summer arrived, Thrall found a warehouse-type office space for them, and they set to work.

"Although the first few weeks were slow," said Kristian Klivo, another Gunn student, "it has picked up recently."

Earlier this month, Adalis Systems contracted with TCS to upgrade all the Mailboxes Etc. locations in the Bay Area. This is approximately 110 locations, stretching from Petaluma to Gilroy.

With only a few weeks to complete the job, the staff quickly organized. They meet at the office each morning, pick up location maps and checklists, then in teams of two, head off to do on-site upgrades. Thrall said the traveling has not been too inconvenient, since "most of them just got their (driver's) licenses and are eager to be on the road."

He added this has also brought about unique problems, such as the time when the driver fell ill, and the team was stranded, because the passenger couldn't drive.

Thrall, who is also a wrestling coach at Gunn and has his own company to contend with, Vorpal Networks, said he is "very pleased with the work of the staff and (they) are ready for even more challenging work."

Besides upgrading, TCS also provides computer repair, installation of software and operating systems and assists companies in moving and setting up local area networks. TCS markets itself as a provider of "high quality and low-cost services on site at your home or business ... at a very competitive rate."

For more information, call 280-1459 or visit their Web site at www.vorpalnet.com/tcs.

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