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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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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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CHARLES M. ”MICKEY” JONES


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Long-time Los Altos resident Mickey Jones passed away after cardiac arrest on July 7, 2012. He was born in 1923 in Chicago, and spent his childhood in Texas and Colorado. His father Harold (an auto mechanic and inventor) told Mickey he could have a Model T Ford if he could take it apart and put it back together successfully, which he did. After the family moved to California, he attended Vallejo High School in Vallejo, and when the US entered WWII, he joined the Army Air Force. After 4 years of service, he went on to Heald’s Engineering School in San Francisco, and became an airplane mechanic for Transocean Airlines in Oakland. He was called again

for active duty in the Korean War, 1951-52. He met Julia Hanson in the USAF, and they married in 1952. They moved to Seattle where Mickey worked for Boeing Aircraft. In 1955 he took delivery of a brand new Jaguar XK140 roadster, which he drove to work every day, and he and Julie took on rallies, hill climbs, and road races.

In 1960 they moved to Los Altos and both started work at Lockheed Missiles and Space Co., in Sunnyvale, where Mickey retired as Senior Design Engineer (Mechanical) in 1989. He was very active for 50 years in the local Jaguar club, and restored his Jaguar in 1991. They exhibited it at many car shows and won several First Place awards. Julie passed away in 2003.

Mickey went on to drive in several California Milles, the 1000-mile road rally that was inspired by the Italian Mille Miglia, put on by the late Martin Swig. Mickey loved animals, especially cats, and was a true gentleman with a sparkle in his blue Irish eyes. After a stroke in 2010, he stayed in Mountain View Healthcare Center, and still enjoyed a good game of poker. Those of us who knew Mickey will miss his upbeat personality, generosity, and quick smile. He is survived by a niece, Anne Fessler, and three nephews, Joe Hochanadel, Mike Hochanadel and Jim Hoke. Charitable donations in his memory may be made to El Camino Hospital Foundation.

There will be a Celebration of Mickey’s Life on Sunday August 5, at 2:00 PM at Main Street Café and Books (where his old car buddies still meet every Saturday morning), 134 Main Street, Los Altos.

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