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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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Senior community takes shape: Terraces at Los Altos eyes June finish for Phase 1 construction


Photo By: Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Photo By Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Construction continues at The Terraces at Los Altos. The memory-care building will feature 16 units.

Representatives of The Terraces at Los Altos are eyeing an early summer finish for the first of a three-phase, $100 million construction project.

Teri Conklin – vice president of sales and marketing for Seniority Inc., a subsidiary of the community’s parent company, American Baptist Homes of the West (ABHOW) – told the Town Crier that officials are anticipating the completion of a new 16-unit memory-care facility and a 30-unit skilled-nursing building sometime in June. In February, ABHOW announced that it received $71 million in financing through a bond issue, with the vast majority of it earmarked for the Los Altos project.

Still, Conklin said plenty of work remains on the expansion of the Pine Lane community, formerly known as Pilgrim Haven, which received Los Altos City Council approval in 2009.

“We’ve had a lot of good support from all of our residents, but it’s been a long journey,” said Conklin, noting that the company is approaching the one-year anniversary of its official groundbreaking ceremony. “In the past year, it’s been nice to see this project come to life.”

A tight timeline

Overall, Conklin said, ABHOW aims to provide a well-rounded slate of options for local seniors with the community’s expansion. That includes The Village – the community’s skilled-nursing facility – as well as The Grove, the community’s new memory-care unit, which will provide care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of memory loss.

The Grove, she noted, will use ABHOW’s “Best Friends Approach” memory support program, emphasizing safety, relationship-building and memory stimulation techniques.

“Our philosophy is that we focus on our residents’ abilities versus their inabilities. … We have to be in the moment with them, even if it is a long-held memory,” she said. “We spend a lot of time getting to know them and their families so that we can connect with them.”

Conklin said construction remains on a “very tight timeline,” pointing to the company’s 36-month construction window as part of the council’s approval for the project.

Once the project’s first phase wraps later this summer, she added, construction will have to continue without skipping a beat. After transitioning residents to the new completed buildings, crews will raze the community’s current health center building to start the remaining two phases of construction.

Among other things, the remaining phases at The Terraces call for 17 new assisted-living units – offered as studios and one-bedroom apartments – as well as 81 new one- and two-bedroom residential apartments. Nearly 75 percent of those new 81 units – 59 – have already been reserved, Conklin noted.

Coupled with existing residences on the site, the community will eventually boast a total of 30 assisted-living and 105 residential homes, including 16 below-market-rate units.

“There is very little choice in Los Altos by its nature as an established community,” Conklin said. “So if someone wants to stay in the community, there are not a lot of choices available to them. … We’re really excited to develop and provide this.”

Despite the remaining work, Conklin said company officials remain confident the project will be completed by summer 2015.

“There’s really no break,” she said with a chuckle. “We just have to keep moving along.”

For more information, visit www.theterracesatlosaltos.com.

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