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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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Detours expected on Fremont Road through March

Drivers, pedestrians and cyclists traveling through Los Altos Hills should be prepared for one-way travel and detours on Fremont Road through March.
The Los Altos Hills Public Works Department is completing construction work for the Safe Route to Los Altos Hills School Project along the north side of Fremont Road between Miranda and Manuella roads. The project includes the construction of granite pathways, curb ramps and a wood retaining wall.

Traffic delays have been reported near Gardner Bullis School and may remain in effect until the project is complete.

From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., car traffic in front of the school will run East to West. Drivers may only turn right out of the school and cars may not stop to drop off children. Similarly, cars may not stop to drop off children or make a U-turn on West Edith Road.

The pathway along the north side of Fremont Road from West Edith to Gardner Bullis is open to pedestrians and cyclists. Those traveling by foot can use the crosswalks at Miranda and Fremont Pines Lane to walk into the school.

Car detour hours:

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays (except when raining)

Maps to help plan your commute, from Gardner Bullis administrators

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Primary detour route from Los Altos (5- to 10-minute drive):
Take a left at West Edith Road/Fremont Road, a right at Robleda Road, right at Purissima Road, right at La Paloma Road and right on Fremont Road to school.
Map and directions:
http://goo.gl/maps/uYYdW

Alternate Foothill Expressway route to school:
Come in at W. Fremont Road at Arasterdero and Hillview roads.
Map and directions:
http://goo.gl/maps/KmHsV
 
 
From Arasterdero Road, Foothill Expressway or Interstate 280:
Take a left at Miranda Avenue, bear left (Miranda Avenue becomes Estacada Drive ) and go right on Manuella Road to Arasterdero Road, then turn right to Foothill Expressway or left to Page Mill Road or Interstate 280.
Map and directions:
http://goo.gl/maps/CkN5n

Partial walk to school from University Ave. (12-minute walk):
There is street parking around Lincoln Park on University Avenue. Parents can park there and walk their children to school from Lincoln Park. Cars can continue driving straight and take the first left to reach Main Street and Foothill Expressway.
Map and directions:
http://goo.gl/maps/O1dhQ

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