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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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‘Suspicious,’ apparently unrelated incidents dot area


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Police sketch from Bubb incident

Three separate incidents in Mountain View, Los Altos Hills and Los Altos had police and school officials on high alert last week.

In Mountain View, police continue to investigate a report that a man lunged at a 9-year-old student at Bubb Elementary School Thursday before fleeing the scene.

According to a police department statement, the man was stretching against a tetherball pole at approximately 8:45 a.m. Thursday. When the student, returning to class from the restroom, came within 6 feet of him, police said, he lunged at her and then ran off.

The man was described as a heavyset white male in his 50s, wearing a navy-blue polo shirt and gray jeans.

“The Mountain View Whisman School District immediately instituted a buddy system for any student who needed to leave class for any reason,” according to the police department statement. “Parents were also notified of the incident. Police officers provided extra presence on campuses as the schools let out early due to a minimum day.”

Attempted kidnapping

in Los Altos Hills

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department classified an incident in Los Altos Hills that occurred at approximately 11:20 a.m. Thursday as an attempted kidnapping. A sheriff’s spokesman said the incident was unrelated to the Bubb episode.

A woman in her early 20s was running near the corner of Hillview Road and Hilltop Drive when a man driving a new Ford F-150 pickup blocked her path, according to Lt. Don Morrissey.

When the woman tried to maneuver around the truck, the driver blocked her again.

When she turned to run the other way, the driver, described as in his 20s or 30s with brown hair and a brown baseball hat, paralleled her slowly. She eventually escaped and called the sheriff’s department from her cellphone.

When sheriff’s deputies arrived in force, the suspect had already fled.

“Be vigilant,” Morrissey said. “If you see something, don’t be afraid to call us.”

Suspicion diffused in Los Altos

Los Altos police officers received reports of a suspicious person lingering outside St. Simon Parish School on Grant Road Thursday. When approached by a school administrator, the suspect fled via bicycle on Foothill Expressway.

Capt. Andy Galea said that after investigation, police believe the suspect was a cyclist waiting for friends.

“It appears at this time that there was no crime,” Galea said.

Mountain View and Los Altos police officers have determined that the Bubb, Los Altos Hills and St. Simon incidents are unrelated.

Local schools react

Los Altos School District Superintendent Jeff Baier last week issued an email to parents to alert them to the incidents and inform them of the precautions school staff plan to take.

Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Superintendent Barry Groves asked families to discuss exercising caution around strangers.

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