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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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Mtn. View edges Burlingame in lacrosse

In what Mountain View High boys lacrosse team coach Joe Juter described as “a barn burner of a game,” the Spartans extinguished Burlingame 6-5 April 17.

After its two-goal lead dwindled to one late in the game, host Mountain View went on the defensive.

“It was defense – 100 percent,” Juter said in explaining how the Spartans held on for the win. “Our goalie (Matt Ford) was fantastic.”

Offensively, Mountain View employed a balanced attack to beat Burlingame. Kyle Arrillaga and Grant Wineman scored two goals each; Bryce Joerger and Nico Nagle added one apiece.

The victory boosted the Spartans’ record to 7-7 overall and 4-3 in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division. With five games remaining, Mountain View is tied for third place; the top four teams make the league playoffs.

“It’s all very tight,” Juter said. “A lot of scenarios can play out.”

The Spartans missed the playoffs last season for the first time. They qualified the previous three years, reaching the final twice.

Baseball

Los Altos struggled against Saratoga last week, losing the two league games by a combined 23-9.

After falling 17-9 in the series opener April 17, the Eagles were blanked 6-0 Friday at home. Los Altos slumped to 5-7 in the De Anza Division and 10-11 overall.

The Eagles tallied 10 hits in the first game, which included a two-run homer by Steven McLean. Daniel Pefley notched three hits and pitched the final 2 2/3 innings in relief of Trevor Rogers.

Saratoga (8-4 league, 14-7 overall) limited Los Altos to three hits Friday.

St. Francis won its three games last week to keep pace with Serra in the West Catholic Athletic League. Both teams are tied atop the standings at 9-1; St. Francis improved to 22-1 overall.

The Lancers routed Riordan 9-0 April 16, mauled Mitty 14-3 Friday and slipped by Sacred Heart Cathedral 2-1 Saturday.

Tyler Deason earned the save Saturday – his fourth of the season – and went 1-for-3 at the plate with a run scored. Richard Boe (2-0) earned the win.

St. Francis’ 14 hits Friday included a homer by Timothy Susnara and two doubles each from Champi Lucca and Michael Strem, the winning pitcher.

Softball

Santa Clara had more hits, but Mountain View scored more runs in last week’s road win. The Spartans prevailed 9-5, raising their record to 4-3 in the SCVAL El Camino Division and 8-9 overall.

Mountain View scored the first nine runs of the game – starting with five in the third inning – and withstood a late surge by the Bruins, who outhit the Spartans 10-8.

Winning pitcher Athena Bolin (5-4) went the distance, surrendering three earned runs. She also drove in a run. Nicole Nakahama went 2-for-2 (both doubles) with a pair of RBIs and two runs scored.

St. Francis belted three home runs and pasted Presentation 7-1 in WCAL play April 16.

Amanda Delfino, Carolyn McGuire and Lauren Wahler homered for the host Lancers (4-3 league, 11-9-1 overall). Jackie Hinojosa went 3-for-4 and winning pitcher Madison Chandler (3-1) added two hits, one a double.

Pinewood routed Immaculate Conception 16-1 April 16 behind the arm and bat of Morgan Tomberlin, whom coach Megan Finney dubbed “player of the game.” Tomberlin struck out four batters on the way to earning the win and was 2-for-3 at the plate.

Angelina Mapa added a homer, while Juka Kim and Eri Yoshimoto both doubled.

The Panthers improved to 3-1 in the West Bay Athletic League.

Boys tennis

Pinewood freshman Gabe Owens avenged his lone loss of the season, beating Menlo senior William Boyd in last week’s rematch of the WBAL’s best singles players. Owens prevailed 6-4, 4-6, 13-11 at Menlo.

Panthers coach Craig Corfield described Owens’ April 16 effort as a “huge win.”

It was also Pinewood’s lone win against first-place Menlo.

Los Altos swept the singles in beating Palo Alto 6-1 April 16. The Eagles won all four singles matches in straight sets, with Anthony Bello prevailing 6-2, 6-4 at the top spot and Spencer Simonides winning 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2.

Visiting Los Altos’ lone loss in the De Anza Division match came at No. 2 doubles. The Eagles’ top duo, Braden Holt and Christian Beck, triumphed 6-4, 6-4.

Los Altos improved to 13-3 overall and 9-2 in league.

St. Francis defeated Riordan 6-0 Thursday in WCAL action. Neel Ramachandran triumphed 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1 singles.

Golf

Led by Los Altos Hills resident Andrew Buchanan, Menlo topped Pinewood 196-201 April 17 at Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club. Medalist Buchanan shot an even-par 35 for the Knights (8-0).

Boys volleyball

Mountain View clobbered King’s Academy 25-14, 25-23, 25-16 Friday to remain undefeated. The Spartans boosted their record to 8-0 in the De Anza Division and 22-0 overall.

Kurt Dentinger notched nine kills and six aces for Mountain View, while Alec McDonald posted five kills, three blocks and three aces.

After a three-win week, upstart Los Altos improved to 8-2 in the El Camino Division. The Eagles, in their inaugural season, are in a three-way tie for first place with two weeks left in the regular season.

In between sweeps of Santa Clara and Sacred Heart Prep last week, Los Altos (8-6 overall) defeated Wilcox in four games. Freshman setter Nathan Smith recorded 41 assists in Friday’s win at Santa Clara, while Ian McColl added 14 kills and “two huge blocks,” coach Dave Radford said.

St. Francis toppled visiting Sacred Heart Prep 25-22, 21-25, 25-20, 25-20 Thursday behind 21 kills from Jeffrey Castello. The Lancers improved to 8-3 in the WCAL and 19-8 overall.

Swimming & diving

The St. Francis girls suffered their first loss of the season, while the boys glided past Mitty Thursday in a WCAL meet.

The Lancers lost 94-92 on the girls side and prevailed 131-19 on the boys side. Both St. Francis teams went to 4-1 in league.

The boys won 10 events, with Benjamin Ho and Curtis Ogren each contributing to four of them. Ho finished first in the 100 and 200-yard freestyles, Ogren won the 200 individual medley and 500 free, and both boys swam on the victorious 200-medley and 400-free relays.

Courtney Batcheller led the girls, winning the 50 free and swimming the first leg of the Lancers’ triumphant 200-free relay team.

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