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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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Los Altos resident joins effort to vanquish human trafficking


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Freedom Summit 2013, the largest anti-human trafficking event in the United States, is scheduled Jan. 25 and 26 at Harbor Light Church in Fremont.

“The Bay Area … has some of the nation’s highest volumes of trafficking activity,” said Betty Ann Boeving, founder and executive director of the Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition (BAATC), summit organizer. “We are also among the nation’s most progressive regions in terms of anti-trafficking legislation, prevention and services.”

Boeving emphasized the importance of the gathering.

“People come not just to hear the facts, but to connect with others and learn what they can do to stop the spread of human trafficking,” she said.

Jaida Im of Los Altos is founder and executive director of the nonprofit Freedom House, which provides adult and adolescent survivors a safe home and long-term aftercare to help them break the cycle of human exploitation and transition to a new life.

As a guest speaker at the summit, Im will outline practical suggestions for those who want to support the effort.

“No step is too small,” she said. “Share your commitment to help survivors with posts on Facebook and Twitter. Get your employer involved ... ask your church or community center to host a program about human trafficking.”

Stanford University announced a new Alternative Spring Break program: “Not for Sale: Human Trafficking in the Bay Area,” designed by students Katherine Nasol and Kylie Goh.

“For many Bay Area residents, human trafficking brings to mind brothels or red-light districts on the other side of the world,” Nasol said. “In reality, it involves children and adults who become victims of sex trafficking, domestic servitude and other forms of slave labor through fraud, force or coercion by traffickers.”

For more information on BAATC, visit www.baatc.org.

To register and for more information on the summit, visit www.freedom-summit.org.

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