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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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Candidates pursue state and national offices

Although the Los Altos City Council and the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees races are at the center of the Town Crier’s news coverage, following is an introduction to local candidates running for State Assembly, State Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives in the Nov. 6 election.

During the 2010 redistricting process, many districts were consolidated or modified. For updated information, visit California Secretary of State Debra Bowen’s Board of Elections website at www.sos.ca.gov/elections.

Assembly District 24 (previously the 21st and 22nd districts)

• Richard Gordon (D), incumbent

Legislative experience: State Assembly (2010-present), San Mateo County Board of Supervisors (1997-2010), San Mateo County Board of Education (1992-1997).

Legislative highlights: Protected seniors from fraud by creating safeguards for conservator trusts (AB 1288), secured additional funding for Plastic Market Development Program that created approximately 4,000 jobs (AB 1149), required for-profit colleges to disclose unaccredited degrees (AB 611).

Website: richgordon2012.com

• Chengzhi “George” Yang (R)

Legislative experience: None.

Platform: According to his webpage, Yang’s priorities would include economic measures such as a pension cap, improving the quality of education, creating incentives for entrepreneurs and stopping taxpayer projects, including the High-Speed Rail Project.

Website: gcyang.com

State of the race: Based on the demographics of registered voters in the district and the strength of his record, Gordon appears a shoo-in for re-election.

Gordon has earned a reputation for getting things done in Sacramento. In the past two years, he has authored more than 19 bills, with nearly 75 percent passed into law.

Senate District 13 (previously the 11th and 13th districts)

• Jerry Hill (D), incumbent

Legislative experience: State Assembly (2008-present), San Mateo City Council (1991-1998), San Mateo County Board of Supervisors (1998-2008).

Legislative highlights: Improved gas pipeline safety by requiring remote-controlled shut off valves in urban areas (AB 56), made medicines more accessible for Parkinson’s disease patients (AB 1414), increased subsidy for low-income drivers to take vehicles with high levels of smog off roads (AB 787).

Website: jerryhillforsenate.com

• Sally Lieber (D), incumbent

Legislative experience: State Assembly (2002-2008), Mountain View city councilmember, Mountain View mayor.

Legislative highlights: Increased minimum wage in California from $6.75 to $8 (AB 2683), safeguarded services for special education by securing $2.3 billion in federal funding (AB 1662), created San Francisco Bay Preservation Authority to protect Bay’s ecosystems (AB 2954).

Website: sallylieber.org

State of the race: After State Senate districts 11 and 13 merged after redistricting in 2010, the two incumbents were forced to compete for the seat. Hill and Lieber won the June primary, with 51.1 percent and 22.5 percent of the vote, respectively. The state’s new primary system allows the top two vote-getters to advance to the November ballot.

Now, two seasoned politicians with much in common – both are Democrats, have records of achievement in the State Senate and share similar views on many issues, including the environment – are battling for the office.

With more than twice as much cash on hand as Lieber and a long list of endorsements, Hill appears to be ahead, according to many campaign metrics.

U.S. House of Representatives, 18th District (previously the 14th district)

• Anna Eshoo (D), incumbent

Legislative experience: U.S. House of Representatives (1993- present), San Mateo County Board of Supervisors (1982-1992).

Legislative highlights: Promoted legislation on renewable resources (HR 6), helped make electronic signatures a mainstream tool (HR 1320 IH), supported cancer services for low-income women (HR 3161).

Website: annaeshooforcongress.com

• David Chapman (R)

Legislative experience: None.

Platform: According to Chapman’s website, he plans to focus on job creation. His proposals include repealing guest worker programs, encouraging the Federal Reserve to issue inflation and unemployment targets and to pay taxes and stopping currency manipulation and trade barriers that reduce U.S. jobs.

Website: davechapmanforcongress.org

State of the race: Eshoo has received at least 60 percent of the vote in every election since 1994. A member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, she has sponsored legislation on issues ranging from immigration to alternative energy, new technology and women’s health care.

Despite Eshoo’s incumbency and financial advantage, Chapman challenged her previously in 2010, receiving 27.9 percent of the vote – an outcome that strengthens but in no way guarantees his chances for election this year.

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