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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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Clark traffic signal a big waste of money: Editorial

At a recent Mountain View Chamber of Commerce event, Assemblyman Rich Gordon (D-24th District) indicated that the state is back on the road to fiscal responsibility. Gordon cited some $20 billion in budget cuts.

That’s good news, but he and other state representatives might want to consider the state Department of Transportation for more cuts. If Caltrans’ planned traffic signal for the Clark Avenue/El Camino Real intersection is any indication, there could be much money going down the proverbial drain.

Caltrans plans to spend $1.3 million to install a traffic signal that is simply not needed.

The only possible rationale for the light, a protected left-turn signal from Clark onto El Camino, has been prohibited by the Mountain View City Council. The council banned left turns at the intersection to protect Mountain View and Los Altos neighborhoods, whose residents fear that the new signal would encourage motorists to cut through residential streets to reach Clark.

As it is now, motorists attempting to make left turns from Clark have to wait a while for heavy traffic on El Camino to clear. With the traffic signal, they could make left turns conveniently.

There’s a better alternative to a traffic signal, at a small fraction of the cost. A traffic island blocking the left-turn lane and allowing only right turns would do the trick. Add a sign, if you must, that reads “No Left Turns.”

Councilmembers and residents posed such an alternative, but Caltrans went ahead with its own proposal. The department’s rationale is that an unusually high number of collisions occur at the intersection; officials cited 28 during a five-year period. Seven of them, they said, involved left turns, leading to their conclusion that the signal was still needed – with or without the left-turn option.

However, think of the increase in expensive fender-benders along El Camino as motorists are forced to start and stop at short intervals because there are so many stoplights. Then add one more costly traffic signal to the mess.

Actual work has yet to begin on the Clark signal. We would appreciate it if Caltrans had a change of mind on this project.

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