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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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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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Mitty runs past St. Francis

Friday’s high school football matchup between St. Francis and Mitty came down to the Lancers’ passing attack versus the Monarchs’ ground game, and the run won.

Mitty rushed for 338 yards in a 35-21 victory over host St. Francis, which passed for 232 yards.

“We knew they were going to load up to stop the run, so our plan was to pass,” Lancers coach Nick Navarro said. “Their plan was to run, and they did a good job.”

The Monarchs rushed for all five of their touchdowns, four in the first half to lead 28-14 at intermission.

The Lancers’ three touchdowns came on passes by Mike Lauck, who completed 22 of his 41 attempts in the West Catholic Athletic League contest. And those numbers could have been even better.

“We missed a couple of key catches,” said Navarro, whose team dropped to 3-3 in league and 4-5 overall. “There were three or four catchable balls to the wide outs that would have been first downs.”

With little room to run – the Lancers rushed for only 69 yards on 20 carries – St. Francis needed every catch it could get against a Mitty team (4-2 league, 7-2 overall) that has two shutouts this season.

St. Francis receiver Charlie Clark caught nine passes for 124 yards – both season highs – including a 30-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

“Charlie had a great game,” Navarro said. “He stepped up and did a phenomenal job.”

Fellow receiver Austin Woodard scored the Lancers’ initial touchdown, a 13-yard strike from Lauck that capped a 12-play, 80-yard drive. Patrick Fordham’s extra point evened the game at 7 with 2:42 left in the quarter.

The teams traded scores again midway through second quarter – with Clarke’s catch coming at the 5:19 mark – but the Monarchs pulled away before halftime. Halfback Chandler Ramirez, on the way to a 121-yard night, rushed for touchdowns of 28 and 3 yards.

After a scoreless third quarter, halfback Alex Andrighetto caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Lauck on fourth down with 1:36 to play. Fordham’s kick cut the Lancers’ deficit to seven.

Unable to recover the onside kick, St. Francis relied on the defense to get the ball back – and it nearly did. The Lancers hit quarterback Wyatt Hansen, forcing a fumble, but running back Kyle Evans scooped up the ball and raced 47 yards for a touchdown to put the game away.

“It didn’t turn out like we had hoped, but we fought hard in all aspects of the game,” Navarro said. “We always tell the kids, ‘We’ve got 24 hours to be upset and deal with it, and then let’s move on.’ It doesn’t get any easier next week with Serra.”

St. Francis is scheduled to visit Serra (5-1, 8-1) 1 p.m. Saturday.

Panthers prevail

Pinewood capped its eight-man football season with a 58-28 win at Stuart Hall, guaranteeing the Panthers second place in the Mission Trail Athletic League.

Pinewood’s Kevin Tracy threw for 188 yards and four touchdowns – two of them to halfback Owen Lewis, who also rushed for a pair of scores Saturday.

The Panthers (5-1) led 38-28 at halftime.

Eagles fall again

Los Altos didn’t have much to celebrate on homecoming, blanked 49-0 by Fremont Friday night at Foothill College.

The Eagles slumped to 0-5 in the SCVAL El Camino Division and 0-9 overall.

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