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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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PrimeTime Project aims to resolve important issues in the community


Valentine Leborgne/Special to the Town Crier
Karen Duncan, director of the Los Altos Community Foundation’s PrimeTime Project, hopes to harness the wisdom and experience of seniors by engaging them in problem-solving in the community.

Los Altos boasts a strong community of retired seniors, and one local advocate aims to put them to work.

Karen Duncan, a Los Altos resident and retiree herself, has created a project that encourages older adults to contribute their skills and wisdom by volunteering to study issues deemed important to Los Altos – from library fees to Bullis Charter School – in hopes of resolving them.

Dubbed the PrimeTime Project, Duncan proposed the pilot program to the Los Altos Community Foundation in 2010. The foundation supported the project – assisting with reports and its website – which has now grown to 10 members.

Roy Lave, executive director of the foundation, said Duncan is the ideal leader for PrimeTime. Duncan spent her career in the health industry and in retirement works as a patient advocate focusing on quality-of-care reform for seniors.

“Karen is a great lady who knows a lot and has done analysis in her professional career,” Lave said. “She brought expertise to the project with the ability to analyze and write.”

Duncan, director of the project, hopes her knowledge can benefit the community through problem solving. She urges other residents to do the same by joining PrimeTime.

“We are looking for people who have a professional background that is of value to the issue we are studying at the time,” she said.

Ideal candidates include those who are healthy, active, open-minded, willing to set aside value judgments and know how to navigate the Internet.

While PrimeTime originally intended to leverage the life experiences of seniors, the program is now open to all age groups.

“We have loosened that requirement,” Duncan said. “Before, (the senior community) was an underutilized demographic in the community. We are looking for professional people that have the time and the interest and care passionately about the community and how it works.”

Duncan said she understands that even the greatest minds may not find solutions for the community’s most complex problems, but project members strive to provide the facts without using opinion, hyperbole, fear mongering and untruths.

“We are looking and analyzing factual information for the community,” she said. “We are defining problems and shedding light on them.”

Duncan added that she uses five criteria to determine whether PrimeTime will study an issue: It must be important, timely, controversial, have potential for high impact and amenable to fact finding.

Members published their first study, “Los Altos Informs: Implications of Library Operation,” online earlier this month. (To view the report, visit losaltoscf.org/LosAltosInformsLibraryOperation.) The analysis addresses the Santa Clara County Library District’s $80 fee for nonresidents who use the Los Altos Library. The study weighs library costs if it were city-operated instead of district-run. PrimeTime volunteers researched the pros and cons of the issue – including financial ramifications and impact on the community – allowing residents to draw their own conclusions.

Duncan said they next plan to tackle the issue of Bullis Charter School and its legal battle over facilities with the Los Altos School District.

Prospective PrimeTime members must attend “Joe Friday Training Day” – named after the “just-the-facts” police detective from the classic TV show “Dragnet” – to learn how to frame an issue, select resources, analyze information and present findings.

Those interested in joining may call Duncan at 949-5908 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For more information, visit losaltoscf.org/primetime.

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