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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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LAH Council Briefs

Following is a roundup of issues discussed at the Feb. 28 Los Altos Hills City Council meeting.

The next meeting is scheduled 6 p.m. March 21 in the Los Altos Hills Town Hall Council Chambers, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

Town explores path to net-zero-energy homes

In its annual report to the council, members of the Environmental Initiatives Committee summarized recent accomplishments and their goals for 2013. Among the committee’s current initiatives are growing enrollment in the High Energy Homes Assessment program, updating the town’s greenhouse gas reduction plan, making recommendations for revisions to Fast Track Sustainability Guidelines and planning a path to net-zero-energy residences by 2020.

The 11-member committee advises the council on ways to meet strategic environmental goals and spearheads initiatives to encourage residents to become more environmentally responsible. Committee meetings, scheduled 7 p.m. the fourth Thursday of every month at the Parks and Recreation Center, are open to the public.

Emergency preparedness classes now enrolling

The Los Altos Hills County Fire District has scheduled Personal Emergency Preparedness and Community Emergency Response Team training. To register or for more information, visit lahcfd.org/calendar/categories.

Private roads study session rescheduled

Due to a scheduling conflict, the town postponed its public study session on private roads from Thursday to 3:30 p.m. March 21 at town hall.

The council organized the study session to determine the best solutions for residents struggling to find the resources and neighborhood cooperation necessary to resurface or upgrade their aging private streets.

Residents unable to attend the meeting may email comments and letters to City Clerk Deborah Padovan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Sheriff’s Office monitors motorists on Page Mill

In response to two accidents near the intersection of Page Mill and Arastradero roads, as well as a number of complaints about speeding from local residents, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office plans to watch for irresponsible drivers.

“We plan to do some focus enforcement … to remind people that they need to drive the speed limit, come to complete stops at stop signs and overall be courteous and appropriate when driving through the roads of Los Altos Hills,” said Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Capt. Ken Binder of the West Valley Division.

New sewer agreement in the works

Malfunctioning flow meters that have proven stubborn to fix since the town installed them in 2009 prompted Los Altos Hills to request that the city of Los Altos amend their sewer agreement.

Since 2007, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills have operated under an agreement that charges Los Altos Hills residents for sewage waste based on the amount of flow measured at several locations in town.

Los Altos Hills City Engineer Richard Chiu said that because the town doesn’t expect the flow meters ever to function properly, the town would like to return to its previous payment system.

If the Los Altos City Council approves an amendment to the sewer agreement, rates would be calculated at 300 gallons per day per connection – approximately the amount of flow measured currently, according to Chiu’s estimation.

In addition to pursuing the sewer agreement amendment in the next several months, Chiu said Los Altos Hills plans to initiate a sewer rate study to examine current and future costs.

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