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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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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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Water conservation is more than a drop in the bucket

Los Altos homeowners reduced their water consumption by nearly one-third following the drought of 2008, according to the California Water Service Company.

Cal Water officials must now depend on those water-saving habits to continue if they hope to meet impending mandates on efficiency set by the state.

Under the 2009 Senate Bill X7-7, urban water suppliers – including Cal Water, which services 500,000 customers including 18,000 households in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View – are required to increase efficiency to adhere to a per-person water reduction of at least 10 percent by December 2015 and 20 percent by December 2020.

Cal Water measurements for 2011 reveal that Los Altos residents used 177 gallons of water per capita per day on average – far below the community’s 241 gallons per capita per day average for 1998 through 2008. Although the figure is below the state’s recommended goal of 193 gallons per person by 2020, Cal Water Conservation Manager Ken Jenkins warned that historical water consumption trends indicate that a demand rebound could be in the forecast.

“You typically see a bottoming out after three to four years, and then usage goes back to normal until the next drought,” he said of the cycle following a drought. “What’s different this time is that we’re trying to make conservation programs long term.”

More than half of all water consumed in Cal Water’s service area is used outdoors, and the company offers numerous programs to curb use. Initiatives include waterwise house calls that identify ways to reduce consumption, a landscape rebate program that rewards homeowners who convert turf to low-water plants and a sprinkler nozzle replacement program that provides up to 25 free low-flow devices per household.

Although these programs offer immediate financial benefits, Jenkins encouraged customers to put their actions in context.

“While rates and water bills are important things to think of … the more we can get reductions in water use, the more reliable we can make our system,” he said.

For more information, visit calwater.com/conservation/index.php.

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