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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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Leadership in government begins early for Los Altos Hills Youth Commissioners


Photo By: COURTESY OF LAH YOUTH COMMISSION
Photo Courtesy Of Lah Youth Commission The Halloween Monster Bash Dance is among the events the Los Altos Hills Youth Commission organizes.

Although Leonardo Patmore-Zarcone, a junior at Los Altos High School, expresses frustration with the way some adult members of the community stereotype him and other youth, he said he feels empowered to change that perspective through his leadership as co-chairman of the Los Altos Hills Youth Commission.

After learning about the Youth Commission through his mother, Patmore-Zarcone applied and began serving in spring 2010. Created in 2009 to connect local youth, the 20-member commission advises the Community Relations Committee.

“I’ve gotten more into how government works since I joined the commission,” said Patmore-Zarcone. “I’m inspired to be more involved in the community.”

Like their adult counterparts on the town’s 14 standing committees and commissions, Youth Commission members are appointed after submitting an application and presenting a 1-2 minute speech before the council. Even though many can’t yet drive or vote, these young volunteer commissioners take their civic responsibilities seriously.

“You should try (to attend all meetings) or you’ll be a bit uninformed,” said A.J. Uppal, a seventh-grader who attends Bullis Charter School.

Uppal serves as one of three associate members and looks forward to joining his older sister, Sonia, on the commission when a seat opens.

“You can create things and be involved with innovation – not just go on the computer and get your brain moldy,” he said.

 

In addition to attending meetings twice a month, the 20-member Los Altos Hills Youth Commission organizes several events a year, including the Halloween Monster Bash and a movie night for junior high school students.

At last month’s town Hoedown, commissioners coordinated the children’s craft tables, operated the cider press and served popcorn and ice cream. The commission also volunteers at the annual Pathways Run and the Los Altos Hills Town Picnic.

“The community gives us so much,” said Youth Commissioner Sonia Uppal, a freshman at Los Altos High School. “It’s a great way to give back.”

In the next few weeks, the Youth Commission will finalize logistics for the Halloween Monster Bash Dance, scheduled 7-10 p.m. Oct. 27 at American Legion Hall No. 558, 347 First St., Los Altos. The commission has already hired a disc jockey and selected decorations. It is now coordinating details for the food and drinks they plan to serve to area high school students.

“It’s a lot of fun,” said Sonia Uppal, who is eager to see the rewards of her event-planning skills. “You get to meet other high school students from all over the city.”

For more information, visit facebook.com/LAHYC/events.

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