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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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Mtn. View grad Pruitt hired to coach Los Altos football team


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It’s a good thing Trevor Pruitt likes challenges, because his new job as head coach of the Los Altos High football team comes with plenty of them.

He takes over a squad that last season went 0-10 and had to forfeit a game due to a lack of players.

But Pruitt – offensive coordinator for rival Mountain View the last two seasons – knows what he’s getting into and welcomes the opportunity to turn the Eagles around.

“I’m excited for the challenge – I’m ready for it,” he said. “I’d rather take on a tough challenge than an easy one.”

Los Altos athletic director Kim Cave, who announced Pruitt’s hiring last week, is confident the 25-year-old is the right man for the job.

“We are thrilled to have Trevor on board as our new head coach,” she said. “His vision and style is just what we need right now.”

Pruitt is the team’s third coach in as many years. Rudy Alcala was not asked back after last season and Bill Waggoner resigned at the end of a 1-9 campaign in 2011.

The Eagles’ last winning season came under Waggoner, who guided them to an 8-1-1 record that included a playoff appearance in 2010.

Pruitt vowed to bring back those winning ways and eventually lead Los Altos from the lower El Camino Division of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League to the upper De Anza Division.

“No matter what, we’ll be competitive,” said the 2005 graduate of Mountain View High. “Patience has never been my strong suit, but I understand where we were last year and where I want us want to be – competing in the De Anza – and I know it won’t be an overnight thing.”

Pruitt has already started assembling a staff to help him accomplish that. Shonte Jiz de Ortega, Mountain View’s defensive coordinator last year, will assume the same role for the Eagles. Both men played football for the Spartans.

“Shonte has the passion and knowledge on defense that can make us successful for years to come,” said Pruitt, who plans to direct the offense. “He’s the fiery defensive coordinator and I’m the calm, cool and collected mad-scientist offensive coordinator.”

Donnie Ecker, Los Altos’ new baseball coach and former standout quarterback, has also agreed to join Pruitt’s staff.

“Donnie’s going to work with the quarterbacks and help with the passing game,” Pruitt said.

Dan Navarro, whom Pruitt played for at Mountain View, gave the young coach his first job in football at age 19. Pruitt served as the frosh-soph squad’s offensive coordinator and special teams coach for three years, assuming the same duties on varsity in 2011 when Toure Carter replaced the retiring Navarro.

Pruitt cited Navarro and Willie Howard – a Los Altos High grad who starred at Stanford University and now coaches high school football in Minnesota – as his mentors. Their work ethic has apparently rubbed off on Pruitt.

“I feel like what separates me from others coaches is preparation,” the Mountain View resident said. “That’s how you separate yourself from the pack.”

Pruitt, who described himself as “a confident coach,” expects to have a long career at Los Altos.

“I coached YMCA basketball at 15 and knew then that I wanted to coach for the rest of my life,” he said. “I’m ready for this job and can’t wait to get started. I’m young and hungry and plan to be here for years to come.”

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