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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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Police Blotter

Mtn. View police arrest cold-case murder suspect

Using DNA testing to resurrect a long-dormant murder investigation, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office identified a suspect in Saba Girmai’s murder. The 21-year-old woman was strangled and left in a supermarket dumpster in a shopping center on North Shoreline Boulevard in Mountain View in 1985. She was a resident of the San Jose area.

According to the Mountain View Police Department, no “significant leads” developed in the years that followed her death. But in 2010, the district attorney’s crime laboratory created a DNA profile from evidence on the victim’s fingernails allegedly identifying Daniel Garcia, now 53, of Fresno. He had not been previously linked to Girmai.

Mountain View police and the district attorney’s office began to reinvestigate the case. After interviewing Garcia, they charged and arrested him with Girmai’s murder Jan. 4.

“We never forget about unsolved murder cases and continuously seek out new technology and new leads to help us solve them,” Mountain View Police Chief Scott Vermeer said in announcing the arrest.

Holiday DUIs

Los Altos police made seven arrests for driving under the influence during a special enforcement period Dec. 14 to Jan. 2. The countywide “Avoid the 13” campaign brings together agencies to crack down on holiday-season drunken driving.

Lost and found

Jan. 5, 2:05 p.m., 201 Almond Ave.: A resident reported finding a calculator.

Theft

Jan. 6, 1700 block of Holt Ave.: A resident reported credit card fraud.

– Eliza Ridgeway

Sewer trouble

Jan. 5-6: Three additional residents called police about sewer backups. Winter rain caused sewer problems throughout town (see story on page 5). Bautista said residents call 911 to report sewer problems and police dispatchers transfer them to city hall.

Transit unrest

Jan. 6, 1:43 p.m., Showers Drive and El Camino Real: Los Altos police officers responded to a request for assistance when an unruly individual on a VTA bus acted up during a medical response on his or her behalf.

“It was fine by the time we got there,” Sgt. Mark Bautista reported.

Stolen vehicle recovered

Jan. 6, 1:07 p.m., 4290 El Camino Real: A routine check of license plate numbers revealed a car reported as stolen located at the Crowne Plaza Cabaña Hotel. The case was referred to Palo Alto police, as the hotel is in that city’s jurisdiction.

– Eliza Ridgeway

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