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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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A shift in leadership at Passerelle: Mtn. View native Smith named downtown firm’s new director


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Passerelle co-founders, from left, Amanda Tevis and Taylor Robinson have transitioned into advisory roles at the company.

Los Altos-based Passerelle Investment Co. plans a change in direction this year, and with it a shift in leadership roles.

With Passerelle’s focus moving from acquisition and repurposing downtown buildings to more urban planning and community outreach, company co-founders Amanda Tevis and Taylor Robinson are moving into advisory roles. They’ve named Brooke Ray Smith as Passerelle’s new director responsible for ongoing day-to-day activities.

“Passerelle’s upcoming projects this year promise more of the real estate investment company’s signature creative, family-friendly and community-building approach,” Smith told the Town Crier.

In addition to leasing remaining vacancies and sprucing up its property at 242 State St., Passerelle is participating in a number of upcoming downtown events, Smith said. These include partnering with the city of Los Altos and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art on a four-month exhibition starting in November and rolling out the green again for summer events with the city and the Los Altos Village Association.

“I could not be more delighted that Passerelle is in the capable hands of Brooke Ray, who has been integral to the creative community vision and events that we have worked on over the past three years,” Tevis said. “Taylor and I are here to support her in any way she needs but will also be taking on other projects to continue to pursue our passion for civic renewal and revitalization work in the Bay Area and beyond, and we look forward to launching Brooke Ray in her new and exciting role.”

Smith, who grew up in Mountain View, is jumping into her new role head first: She recently joined the Los Altos Village Association board, enrolled in the Los Altos Community Foundation’s LEAD class and is helping with the Neutra House’s summer design camp planning as well as an upcoming Los Altos History Museum exhibition.

“I am very excited about my new role as director of Passerelle,” Smith said, “and I am dedicated to working collaboratively with the community and city toward the important goal of preserving and enhancing the vitality and charm of downtown Los Altos.”

Since its arrival in 2009, Passerelle has become a major downtown Los Altos property owner, acquiring approximately 80,000 square feet of retail and office space – most of it along State and First streets. The company remodeled and improved properties to attract businesses catering to youth and young families, including a skateboard shop on State Street, an arcade on First Street, a new location for Linden Tree Books and the opening of Bumble cafe, which includes a playroom for children.

Passerelle officials said they approach real estate development from a socioeconomic perspective.

“Our investment analysis weighs financial return as well as social and environmental benefit,” the company’s website states.

Passerelle offices are headquartered at 108 First St. in downtown Los Altos.

For more information, visit www.passerelleinvestments.com.

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