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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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Minimize home burglary risk

Short of installing a moat with hungry alligators, Los Altos Police Sgt. Scott McCrossin is quick to point out that residents can’t entirely prevent criminals from breaking into their homes – especially while the owners are on vacation or business trips. He recommends the following simple steps to minimize the risk of being targeted for burglary. • Smile for the camera. In Los Altos, homes are typically a multimillion-dollar investment. Why not protect that investment with the installation of a surveillance system? The standard home-surveillance system can be purchased and installed for $1,000 or less, according to McCrossin. It serves as a deterrent to burglars and assists police in solving crimes. In one recent case, police received credible evidence after a neighbor’s surveillance system filmed suspects breaking into a nearby home. • The porch light’s on, but nobody’s home. Leaving the porch light on during the day is one of the most common signs that the resident is not in. Invest in timers for some lights to throw burglars off. • Be a good neighbor. Several areas of Los Altos have active Neighborhood Watch programs. Meet the local Neighborhood Watch captain and notify him or her ahead of time if you plan to be away from home. Another common indicator that a resident is absent is a full mailbox or newspapers piled in view. Stop your newspaper, have the U.S. Postal Service hold your mail or ask your neighbor to collect deliveries daily. • Don’t let the grass grow. An overgrown lawn is another common sign that someone is out of town. Make arrangements to have your lawn mowed by a landscaping service or neighbor while you’re gone. • Lock the doors. Despite the relatively low number of burglaries in Los Altos, residents should lock their doors and windows before leaving their homes or exiting their vehicles. In several cases, residents have reported burglaries where suspects easily entered through unlocked doors. The police frequently receive reports of thefts of valuable items like electronics left visible in unlocked cars.

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