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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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Community builders: MV cohousing project emphasizes socializing


Photo By: Rendering COURTESY OF MOUNTAIN VIEW COHOUSING COMMUNITY
Photo Rendering Courtesy Of Mountain View Cohousing Community

A rendering of the Mountain View Cohousing Community’s plans for a 19-unit condominium complex, above, highlights the addition of fruit and shade trees.

Construction is under way on the Mountain View Cohousing Community’s 19-unit condominium project at 445 Calderon Ave.

Few of the project’s future residents are more excited about it than Susan Burwen, founding member of the cohousing group.

“At long last, our dream of cohousing is becoming a reality,” she said at last month’s groundbreaking.

The Cohousing Community’s construction partner, Barry Swenson Builder, estimated that construction would take 15 months, with residents moving in as early as summer 2014.

The complex is the first cohousing community built from the ground up in Silicon Valley.

Burwen and her husband, David, are longtime Mountain View residents who initiated the idea. The cohousing concept, introduced in the 1980s, affords members the privacy of their own homes as well as the benefits of shared resources and neighbors with diverse interests. The project design features open space and trees.

“There’s underground parking so that we could have as much open space as possible,” she said.

The Burwens were inspired to promote the cohousing effort because Susan had experienced a similar living situation earlier in life and loved it. Cohousing offers an opportunity for older residents to live among friends instead of facing social isolation, she added.

“In cohousing, you have an emphasis on community,” she said. “It’s designed so that you’re likely to run into your neighbors when you go to get your mail.”

Among the common areas is a 6,000- square-foot community center, which includes fitness and media rooms.

According to Kent Gerber, senior project manager at Barry Swenson Builder, the new community is a first for the area.

“It’s an incredibly unique project, and (we are) honored to be part of something so meaningful to the city of Mountain View and the Peninsula,” he said.

Members of the Mountain View Cohousing Community purchased the land four years ago and engaged cohousing architect Chuck Durrett to design the project. The property will feature an organic garden, a number of new fruit and shade trees and an underground garage.

The city of Mountain View unanimously approved the project in 2011, and the Greenbelt Alliance endorsed its environmentally sustainable amenities.

Among its green advantages is its location. The close proximity to downtown and the Stevens Creek Trail should encourage residents to walk.

The historical Bakotich farmhouse previously located on the property, one of the oldest surviving structures in Mountain View, is set for restoration and will be retained on the site. The small house, built by Charles and Emma Abbott circa 1885, will become the project’s “front door” when relocated to a prominent position near the street.

Although the Burwens jumpstarted the project, several other prospective residents joined in the effort. Burwen said residents collaborated with the architect to design the layout.

“It was very much a group effort,” she said. “We already feel like a community.”

For more information, visit www.mountainviewcohousing.org.

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