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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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Bechtel, Swenson to lead Foothill-De Anza board

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District Board of Trustees unanimously selected Betsy Bechtel as president and Bruce Swenson as vice president. The election occurred at the board’s annual organizational meeting Dec. 10.

District voters re-elected Bechtel to a third term Nov. 6, and this will be her third time as board president – she led trustees in 2005 and 2009. She has served as chairwoman of the district’s Audit and Finance Committee, an advisory group comprising two trustees and four volunteer members of the public with fiscal expertise, and headed the district’s 2006 Measure C bond campaign and 2010 parcel tax election. She succeeds Joan Barram as board president.

A Palo Alto City Council member for nine years, Betchel served a term as Palo Alto’s mayor before her election to the Foothill-De Anza Board of Trustees in 2003. In addition to volunteering for six years as a board member of the Foothill-De Anza Foundation, her community service has included leadership positions in the League of Women Voters, the Palo Alto Rotary Club, YMCA of the Midpeninsula, the Los Altos and Palo Alto Chambers of Commerce and the Committee for Green Foothills. She is a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum.

After earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford University, Bechtel joined the Peace Corps, then taught school in San Jose upon returning home. She continued in public service as a staff member for then-Santa Clara County Supervisor Gerry Steinberg. Bechtel subsequently entered the banking field, where she held positions for many years as vice president of Citibank and J.P. Morgan.

Bechtel expressed her thanks and noted how the approval of Proposition 30 last month – which levies temporary taxes to fund education – will help the district.

“I am honored to serve the district and my colleagues as president, and grateful to the voters for approving Proposition 30 last month,” Bechtel said. “While we still face financial challenges from three years of budget cuts, Proposition 30 allows our colleges to increase the number of classes they offer. I encourage community members to learn more about the opportunities available through the district and to take advantage of the tremendous resources of Foothill and De Anza colleges.”

Swenson is a former longtime Foothill College mathematics instructor who also served as dean of the Division of Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering and vice president of instruction and educational resources at Foothill. He was elected to the board in 2005 and is serving his second term.

Bechtel made the following appointments for the coming year: Trustees Laura Casas Frier and Swenson to the Audit and Finance Committee, with Swenson acting as chairman; and Trustees Pearl Cheng and Barram to the Foothill-De Anza Foundation Board of Directors.

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