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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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New concept for downtown plaza in the works


Photo By: Courtesy of City of Los Altos
Photo Courtesy Of City Of Los Altos

A new concept for Community Plaza calls for its reconstruction in front of Wells Fargo Bank, creating a new intersection that includes a right turn from Main Street onto State.

Downtown Los Altos’ Community Plaza may be in line for a face-lift in the future.

According to Los Altos Assistant City Manager James Walgren, city staffers presented a conceptual redesign of the plaza – located at the corner of Main and State streets – last week at a Parks and Recreation Commission (PARC) meeting.

The proposal calls for the plaza to be reconfigured by extending over existing roadway on State Street to the front of Wells Fargo Bank. A new intersection would then be constructed, with State Street realigned as a right turn off Main Street at Citibank.

Walgren cautioned that the concept is preliminary in nature and called the idea “a rough concept to this point just to get the conversation going.”

“The Community Plaza right now is underutilized,” Walgren continued, adding that iterations of the redesign were initially developed by city staff a couple of years ago. “If we’re going to have a community plaza, we want one that is successful.”

The current design – intended to replace the one one created 20 years ago – includes a water feature, seating areas and clusters of tree-lined areas. He added that the design is hardly set in stone, noting that several additions – or subtractions – could take place over time. For example, Walgren said, the redesign could include a food kiosk or a play area for children instead.

He added that other features, such as removable bollards, could also be included, which would allow the city to block off a section of State Street for events like the weekly Farmers’ Market.

Walgren added that while he hasn’t received any specific estimates from engineers, the project would likely cost $3 million to $5 million and may be funded through existing or future parking in-lieu fees collected by the city.

“It’s money that can be reinvested in this plaza,” he noted.

Walgren conceded that the concept still has several hurdles to clear and could be a long way from becoming reality. He noted that the city has yet to engage in discussions with local bank representatives about the idea. He added that PARC is expected to make a recommendation on the project – as well as other park projects – in April.

If recommended by PARC, the concept would move on for consideration by the city council as part of its annual Capital Improvement Program review in May.

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