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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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Community Briefs

LA Forward schedules ‘Conversation’ today

Los Altos Forward, a nonprofit organization that promotes downtown vibrancy, invites local residents to a “Community Conversation” 5:30-7:30 p.m. today at 242 State St.

Participants will review “Community Visioning and Planning Processes: Lesson from San Bruno,” a document that details how San Bruno successfully engaged its community in a downtown visioning and planning process that resulted in sustainable economic growth.

Aaron Aknin, Palo Alto assistant director of planning and community environment and former San Bruno community development director, will discuss the process.

Admission is free.

For more information, visit www.losaltosforward.org.

LWV sponsors meeting with elected officials

The League of Women Voters of the Los Altos-Mountain View Area has scheduled “Meet Your Elected Officials” 1-3 p.m. March 3 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

The informal reception allows residents to talk directly with local officeholders serving in the state Assembly and Senate and on city councils and school boards.

Residents will have an opportunity to ask questions or make comments and suggestions.

Elected officials have been invited from the state Assembly and Senate; the Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View city councils; the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, District 5; the El Camino Hospital District; the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District; and school and water districts serving the three communities.

For reservations, visit myelectedofficials.eventbrite.com.

For more information, visit www.lwvlamv.org.

CSMA gala honors LAH residents

The Community School of Music and Arts has scheduled its annual gala 5 p.m. March 16 at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

The gala, which will feature a “Mardi Gras” theme, will honor Los Altos Hills residents Robert and Sue Larson, CSMA supporters since 1993. Sue served on the CSMA board of directors for 12 years, including a stint as chairwoman, as well as in a variety of other volunteer positions.

Tickets are $275.

For tickets and more information, visit www.arts4all.org/gala/index.htm.

East West Bookstore hosts author Temes

Ivan Temes, author of “Care: Bringing Joy to Your Life and Work,” is scheduled to discuss his book 7:30 p.m. March 13 at the East West Bookstore, 324 Castro St., Mountain View.

A career coach and customer service director to thousands of organizations, Temes will share the common-sense tools and wisdom he acquired through his work building service teams worldwide for companies like Apple Inc. and Levi Strauss & Co.

Admission is free, but reservations are requested.

To reserve a space and for more information, call 988-9800 or visit www.eastwest.com.

Museum features ‘Bear in Mind’ display

The Los Altos History Museum features “Bear in Mind: The Story of the California Grizzly,” through March 24.

According to exhibition organizers, scientists estimate that 10,000 grizzlies once roamed California. However, through increased human settlement, loss of habitat and hunting, the grizzly vanished from the state by the early 1900s.

The Los Altos History Museum is located at 51 S. San Antonio Road. Admission is free. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. For more information, visit www.losaltoshistory.org or call 948-9427.

Bookmobile visits LAH

The Santa Clara County Library District Bookmobile stops in the parking lot at Gardner Bullis School, 25890 W. Fremont Road in Los Altos Hills, 2-3 p.m. every other Friday.

For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 947-2518.

Environmental Commission

solicits residents’ input

The Los Altos Environmental Commission is developing a Climate Action Plan and requests that residents participate in two surveys designed to analyze energy consumption and travel patterns.

The Residential Energy and Water Use Survey will assist the city in evaluating policies relating to energy and water conservation. The Resident Travel Patterns Survey will gather information on how residents travel.

To participate in the surveys, visit www.losaltosenvironment.org. Complete and return them by Tuesday.

For more information, visit the website or contact Senior Planner Zach Dahl at 947-2633 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

SAy Hi helps local seniors

The SAy Hi Support Group offers assistance to seniors living in San Antonio Hills, the unincorporated area near Los Altos.

Volunteers provide free rides (within a 20-minute drive, with 24 hours’ notice) to destinations such as El Camino and Kaiser hospitals; beauty salons and barber shops; Rancho, Loyola Corners, downtown and local shopping centers; and religious services.

SAy Hi members meet 4 p.m. the third Monday of every month at First Republic Bank, 400 S. San Antonio Road, in Los Altos.

Senior Commission

compiles resource binder

The Los Altos and Los Altos Hills Senior Commission has compiled a Resource Information Binder for seniors, their children and their caregivers.

Binders have six categories: Transportation, Education, Food and Meal Programs, Health Services, Housing and Social Participation.

Binders are available at the Los Altos Senior Center Travel Desk, 97 Hillview Ave.; Los Altos City Hall, 1 N. San Antonio Road; the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, 321 University Ave.; the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road; the Woodland Branch library, 1975 Grant Road; and Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

Avenidas, LAH

team up for classes

Avenidas and the Los Altos Hills Parks and Recreation Committee have scheduled an array of courses and clubs designed specifically to enhance seniors’ physical and mental health.

Offerings include Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, Stepping Strong (walking), a free Health Education Seminar, Life Stories (writing), a Current Events Discussion Group and a Bridge Club.

Discounts are available for senior courses.

To register or for more information, call the Parks and Recreation office at 941-7222 or visit www.losaltoshills.ca.gov.

El Camino RoadRunners

seeks volunteers

The volunteer RoadRunners Transportation Service, sponsored by El Camino Hospital, seeks volunteers to provide door-to-door service for people who can’t drive or don’t have other ways to get to their medical appointments.

The volunteering schedule is flexible: drive one day a week, a half-day a week or remain on call. Requirements include a California driver’s license, patience and dependability.

Volunteers drive hospital vehicles, and service requires no lifting or physical demands.

Orientation and training are provided, and volunteers benefit from free access to hospital resources, including classes offered through the education department.

To sign up, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 988-8213.

For more information, call Bonnie Adamson, RoadRunner coordinator, at 988-7651.

Westwind 4-H group

welcomes volunteers

The Westwind 4-H /Riding Institute seeks volunteers to help groom and lead horses, as well as walk beside riders during lessons.

For more than 30 years, Westwind 4-H has offered weekly riding lessons 4-5 p.m. Monday and Thursday afternoons to children with physical handicaps.

No experience is necessary. Minimum age for volunteering is 14 years.

For more information, call 947-8680 or visit www.westwind4H.org.

PNG needs volunteers

to mentor local youth

Partners for New Generations, an outreach program that trains mentors, tutors and advocates to support local youth, is recruiting volunteers.

PNG provides tutors for local elementary, middle and high schools students; mentors at Los Altos, Mountain View and Alta Vista High Schools; and child advocates for wards of the Santa Clara County Child Dependency Court.

Volunteers are matched to the appropriate school or agency based on their interests, skills and schedules. The time commitment is flexible – some volunteers work one hour per week, others one hour per month or on a project-by-project basis.

The Rotary Clubs of Los Altos and Mountain View, the Los Altos Community Foundation, the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District and the Los Altos Town Crier and Mountain View Voice holiday funds support PNG’s efforts.

For more information, email Linda Waud at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , call 691-2434 or visit www.partnersfornewgenerations.org.

Los Altos Legacies assists

seniors and their causes

Community members of all ages who are interested in seniors and their issues are encouraged to join Los Altos Legacies, a group of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills area volunteers dedicated to improving the quality of life for older adults.

The group’s primary goal is to support and manage legacy funds (bequests) and donations that enhance the services of the Los Altos Senior Center and related senior programs. Legacies also provides ongoing influence, advocacy and active guidance to senior-based initiatives.

Board of directors’ meetings are scheduled 10 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month in Room 12 of Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

For more information, call 949-5908, ext. 8#.

Assisteens invites

new members to join

Assisteens, an organization comprising approximately 25 young women who attend local junior high and high schools, is open to new members.

The all-volunteer group raises money for projects that assist individuals and families in Santa Clara County through community service projects.

Regular meetings are scheduled 2-4 p.m. the first Sunday of each month September through May at the Chapter House at the Costume Bank, 169 State St., Los Altos.

Assisteens service projects include the Jewelry Extravaganza event, assembling “We Care” toiletry bags for

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