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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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LA coach expects young team to compete in league


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Sophomore Briham Gonzalez is one of Los Altos High’s team captains this season.

The Los Altos High wrestling team probably couldn’t have chosen a worse year to ascend to the upper division of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League. The Eagles lack wrestlers (18 on varsity and JV combined) and experience (two seniors).

Yet coach Randy Jimenez won’t use these deficiencies as excuses for not being able to compete in the daunting De Anza Division.

“My expectations for this season and for every season have not changed – I always expect to win it all,” he said. “As the head coach, I set the bar high, and just because we have a less experienced team this year, it would be wrong for me to lower that bar because of it.”

So despite acknowledging that the Eagles are in a rebuilding phase – the roster includes just two seniors and six juniors, many of whom did not wrestle prior to this season – Jimenez expects them to rise to the occasion. And he doesn’t doubt they will.

“It is the kids’ job to buy into it and step up to the bar,” Jimenez said. “I have full confidence that all the wrestlers on the team will step up.”

Two matches into the league season, however, Los Altos finds itself a few steps behind the competition. The Eagles lost their Jan. 3 division opener 37-28 to Palo Alto and fell 63-18 to Gunn Thursday.

But Jimenez was encouraged by what he saw from the Eagles against Paly.

“(They) wrestled very hard and gave a good showing for being such a green team,” he said.

A pair of sophomores new to the team – Juan Cervantes (195 pounds) and Brian Wang (113) – impressed the coach.

Cervantes “went the distance against a kid who was a state qualifier from last year,” Jimenez said, while Wang “went out and pinned his opponent in the first period of his match.” Wang never wrestled before this season, according to the coach, and Cervantes last competed in junior high.

Two sophomores with more experience, returnees Briham Gonzalez (132) and Carter Lee (138), serve as team captains, along with senior Paul Hernandez (220).

“The team captains have really stepped up this year and have taken good control of the room,” said Jimenez, who considers this trio his best wrestlers as well.

Defending league champ Hernandez ranks fourth in the Central Coast Section and 38th in the state He pinned his opponent from Gunn in 3 minutes, 35 seconds.

“Paul has all the skill and experience to make a run at a second league title and possibly even make a trip to the state tournament,” Jimenez said. “He has been with the program on varsity for all four years and is a true leader in the room.”

The coach noted that Gonzalez “trains hard and is very knowledgeable with his skills. He has gained a lot of wrestling experience since his freshman year, and it shows in his victories.”

Lee is a “fast and well-skilled wrestler,” Jimenez said. “He has a lot of good leadership qualities and is learning fast. Carter has stepped up this year and shows great potential to become a league champion.”

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