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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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Clinton draws a crowd at Celebrity Forum appearance


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While not everyone agrees with former President Bill Clinton’s politics, most people recognize his gift for rhetoric. Clinton appeared at the Celebrity Forum Speakers Series Dec. 5, 6 and 7 at Flint Center in Cupertino, leaving sold-out crowds eagerly anticipating the question-and-answer periods that follow each presentation.

After a short video on the William J. Clinton Foundation that centered on helping to build a better world, Clinton took the stage and discussed numerous problems from poverty to climate change, offering practical solutions for each.

Americans should consider what they want in the 21st century, he said. The 42nd president referred to the Declaration of Independence and the majority rule to form a more perfect union, emphasizing that “we are not perfect, but we can do better.”

“We have too much economic inequality, too much economic and political instability and an unsustainable energy production and consumption,” Clinton said. “These are exciting times in our lives, but good things have gone too far. Education is unequal, and inequality goes too far and thinking does not. You have to reward the person with the first idea. Half the people in this world live on $2 a day. Our economy is below full potential with not enough jobs.”

Clinton acknowledged that California has had a tough time as it struggles to recover from the mortgage crisis. Banks are unwilling to make loans, resulting in unpredictability and instability.

The debate on climate control, Clinton said, prompted calls for sensible solutions to events like the recent East Coast destruction by Hurricane Sandy.

“Don’t be pessimistic about the future,” he said. “Young people provide influence, and we are younger than Europe and Japan. In a short time, we will be younger than China. We have somebody here from everywhere. Our melting pot is still working.”

In the question-and-answer session, the first question was “Will Hillary run in 2016?”

“I don’t know,” he answered. “It’s whatever she wants to do. ... I’m proud of what she has done and I’ll be most supportive.”

In answer to another question, Clinton summed up his thoughts on the “fiscal cliff.”

“I think it is more likely than less likely to make a deal,” he said. “They will make a deal.”

An audience member asked Clinton if he were on social media.

“Not as much as my daughter,” he said. “I’m on Facebook and I believe in social media. I only sent two emails when I was president.”

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