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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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Inventory shortage hampers home sales

The lack of inventory remained the major roadblock to higher closed home sales in September, according to year-over-year data that MLSListings Inc. provided to the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors.

Inventory and new listings for single-family homes in September fell compared to the same month last year in the five-county area covered by the MLSListings data report. Santa Clara County experienced the largest drop in inventory, down 44 percent from the same time last year. San Mateo County came in second, with an inventory drop of 42 percent, followed by Monterey County, 31 percent; San Benito County, 30 percent; and Santa Cruz County, 27 percent.

New listings were also down compared to September 2011 figures, most significantly in Monterey County, where they decreased 25 percent. In Santa Clara County, new listings were down 14 percent; San Mateo County, 13 percent; San Benito County, 4 percent; and Santa Cruz County, 3 percent.

The inventory shortage drove down sales in some counties, but, compared to September 2011, September 2012 sales of single-family homes in Santa Clara County rose 5 percent.

The median price of single-family homes showed gains of 14-21 percent in all five counties compared to the previous year. Santa Clara County’s September median price of $655,000 was 15 percent higher than the September 2011 median of $570,000. San Mateo County’s September median of $783,000 proved 21 percent higher than the September 2011 median of $646,000.

Days on market decreased by 44 percent in September. In Santa Clara County, the typical home was on the market 71 days in September 2011. Days on market dropped to just 40 in September 2012. In San Mateo County, days on market declined 52 percent, from 71 days in September 2011 to 34 in September 2012.

Suzanne Yost, president of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors, said she hoped sellers would be encouraged by the news.

“A market with low inventory and active buyers creates upward pressure on prices, particularly coupled with historically low interest rates,” she said. “This pressure is causing prices to increase, which will be good for sellers as they begin to feel more confident about putting their homes on the market.”

The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors provided information for this article. For more information, email Rose Meily at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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