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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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Excited about the local election season: Editorial

We’re encouraged to see the level of participation in this year’s general election. Only one race is uncontested.

One only need look at what’s going on to understand why the candidates have chosen to run. For instance, the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees is still embroiled in a fight over Bullis Charter School facilities, and the Los Altos City Council faces the high-profile impacts of building and renovating downtown.

Here’s our tentative election-coverage schedule:

Santa Clara County Board of Education, Area 1: See this week’s election preview on page 6 on the race between incumbent Grace Mah and challenger David Cortright, a Los Altos resident.

Los Altos Hills City Council: Three candidates announced their intention to run for three seats, so no election is necessary. Read the first in a series of profiles of the candidates this week on page 6.

Mountain View City Council: Six candidates are vying for four seats. Look for coverage in the Sept. 19 issue.

Los Altos School District Board of Trustees: Four candidates are competing for two seats. Expect coverage and candidate endorsements in the Sept. 19 issue.

Foothill-De Anza Board of Directors: Four candidates are battling for three seats. Coverage will appear Sept. 26.

County ballot measures A (one-eighth-of-a-cent sales tax) and B (Santa Clara Valley Water District funding): You’ll find a rundown and endorsements in the Sept. 26 issue.

El Camino Hospital District Board of Directors: Five candidates are running for three seats. Coverage and candidate endorsements are scheduled for the Oct. 3 issue.

Measure M (proposing a cap on top-tier executives at El Camino): Read the story and editorial Oct. 3.

Purissima Hills Water District Board of Directors: Four candidates are contending for three seats. Look for coverage Oct. 3.

Los Altos City Council: Six candidates are facing off for three seats. Coverage and candidate endorsements are slated for Oct. 10.

State propositions: Endorsements set for the Oct. 17 issue.

Congressional, state senate, assembly: Coverage scheduled in the Oct. 24 issue.

The voter registration deadline is Oct. 22. If you are not registered, we encourage you to make it a priority. See you at the polls.

You can read a full listing of Town Crier election coverage here.

 

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