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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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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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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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Lancers fall to Falcons in NorCal semis


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier St. Francis High’s Khalil Johnson lays up a shot against College Park last week. The senior scored 20 points in the loss.

Fans of the St. Francis High boys basketball team left last week’s playoff game disappointed, but not without being entertained.

College Park edged the host Lancers 85-82 in a Northern California Division II semifinal played at the pace of a video game.

The teams, which combined for a whopping 57 points in the sizzling second quarter, gave the enthusiastic, near-capacity crowd plenty to cheer wildly about March 12. Tenth-seeded St. Francis (14-17) scored more points than it had in any game this season, but No. 11 College Park (26-5) of Pleasant Hill did just enough to overcome that by making pivotal plays when it mattered most.

“We shot the ball extremely well and it seems like on any other night we would have won by 20 with that kind of scoring,” St. Francis guard Nicholas Keyes said. “But they shot equally as well, if not better, and we could have just as easily lost by 20. But we didn’t – we stuck with them the whole time.”

The back-and-forth, up-and down contest featured 11 lead changes, six ties and a bevy of big shots – from dazzling drives to game-turning 3s.

“It was exciting and fun to watch,” St. Francis coach Mike Motil said. “Both teams had a hard time defending each other and both teams made a lot of shots.”

The Lancers shot 48 percent from the field – just 1 percent lower than the Falcons – and set a season high for 3-pointers.

“If you would have told us we would make 17 3s and lose, I would have told you, ‘No way,’” Motil said.

St. Francis opened the fourth quarter with a top-of-the-key 3 by forward Mike Lauck that put his team ahead 64-62. At the five-minute mark, the Lancers matched their biggest lead of the night, 74-68, on a drive by Keyes.

College Park scored eight of the next nine points, however, going ahead on guard Mikey Eggleton’s 3. The Lancers tied it at 76 on a free throw from guard Khalil Johnson, who scored 12 of his team-high 20 points in the fourth, but they failed to recapture the lead over the final 3:18.

It didn’t help that St. Francis played most of the fourth quarter without Khalil’s twin brother, Khalid. The standout point guard aggravated a nagging ankle injury two minutes into the period and didn’t return until 1:22 remained.

“We hung in there without our leader for the last five minutes of the fourth quarter,” Motil said. “Our kids did a really good job.”

Thirty-four seconds before Khalid removed the ice pack from his ankle and returned to the game, Khalil drilled a falling-back 3 that cut the Falcons’ lead to 81-79. But the Lancers’ next two possessions ended badly (turnover and air ball) and College Park extended its advantage on a dagger 3 by guard Seb Flores, who just beat the shot clock.

“We had opportunities,” Motil said. “We just didn’t convert, and they did.”

Down 84-79 with 15 seconds to play, St. Francis missed another 3-point attempt. College Park grabbed the rebound, leaving the Lancers no choice but to foul to stop the clock. Eggleton made one free throw for the last of his game-high 24 points.

Khaild buried a 3 in the final second to finish with 11 points. Guard Brycen Carbonel also scored 11 points for St. Francis – eight of them in the first quarter – and Lauck totaled 19.

The season didn’t end the way the Lancers had hoped, but Keyes said he’s proud of what they accomplished. After a rough start and a second-to-last-finish in the West Catholic Athletic League, St. Francis won the Central Coast Section Division II title and came within one win of the NorCal final.

“I had a great time with my teammates this year, and although it was a tough season at times, we all really turned it into one of the best seasons I could ever ask for,” he said.

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