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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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Traffic signal concerns Clark Avenue neighborhood

Recognizing the intersection of Clark Avenue and El Camino Real as an accident hot spot, Caltrans officials plan to install a traffic signal next year. But nearby Mountain View and Los Altos residents worry that the signal would actually increase traffic in their neighborhoods.

“It seems that few, if any, Caltrans or city officials realize that commuters and other motorists avoid the El Monte Avenue/El Camino Real and El Monte/Springer Road intersections to cut through our neighborhoods,” said Stephen Friedman, who lives on Jardin Drive.

Friedman said many of his neighbors worry that the signal could attract more traffic down Clark, especially because it already draws cut-through traffic from Interstate 280 to Clark/El Camino Real.

Residents initially formed a Traffic Signal Study Committee to address concerns about the signal and traffic generated by a proposed Chick-fil-A restaurant at 1962 El Camino Real. The Mountain View City Council rejected a drive-through plan for the restaurant last month, but residents remain distressed about the impact of a traffic signal.

The residents’ committee has met with city officials to articulate concerns and arrive at possible solutions.

The outcome of those talks was scheduled for discussion at Tuesday’s Mountain View City Council meeting, after the Town Crier’s press deadline.

According to Caltrans branch manager RocQuel Johnson, the proposed project calls for installing new traffic signals, constructing Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant ramps, extending the raised concrete median island, overlaying the pavement with asphalt concrete and restriping the lanes.

“This project is a safety project to minimize accidents at the intersection of Clark Avenue and El Camino Real in the city of Mountain View,” she said, adding that construction may begin “sometime in early 2013.”

Friedman asserts that the signal plan has not been given enough study.

Mountain View Mayor Mike Kasperzak, who lives in the neighborhood, agrees. He said the city has asked Caltrans not to award a contract for installation until other alternatives are explored.

“There is a significant likelihood for increased traffic,” Kasperzak said.

He noted that motorists would be tempted to take Clark to avoid what would amount to three traffic signals on El Camino within close proximity to one another.

One alternative, Kasperzak said, would be to prohibit left turns from Clark onto El Camino Real.

Johnson said Caltrans is aware of residents’ objections to the signal, and they were considered in the planning.

“Caltrans has worked with the city of Mountain View,” Johnson said. “City officials reviewed the plans and their comments were incorporated. Caltrans has also attended meetings with the city and residents to discuss their concerns.”

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