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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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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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Los Altos Hills resident selected to lead Foothill-De Anza Foundation

Directors of the Foothill-De Anza Foundation elected four of their peers to leadership positions for the fiscal year that began July 1.

Newly elected president Kathleen Santora of Los Altos Hills said the foundation’s theme this year is “Changing Lives, One Student at a Time.”

Santora has served on the foundation’s board of directors since 2010 and leads its Strategic Planning Committee. She is also in charge of the new STEM speaker series slated to launch this fall. The series, run through Foothill’s Science Learning Institute, will feature leaders in science, technology, math and engineering.

A community advocate for sustainability and education, Santora founded the Slow the Flow conference at Foothill and championed installation of rainwater harvesting and catchment systems at the college for resource conservation. She also serves on the board of the Montalvo Arts Center and is a member of GreenTown Los Altos, through which she organizes the biannual Recycle Bike Drive.

“I’m excited to lead the foundation forward by supporting our colleges and making a real, tangible and positive impact on our students,” Santora said. “As a 28-year resident of our community, I appreciate the significant impact that Foothill and De Anza colleges have had on our region. These colleges are community treasures.”

Santora succeeds Saratoga resident Ben Dubin. As immediate past president, Dubin will continue to serve on the board’s executive and finance committees for 2013-2014. Now in his second term on the foundation’s board, Dubin is an investment banker with Asset Management Ventures and has been a Silicon Valley software engineer, high-tech executive and start-up company founder.

Incoming Vice President Don Aoki of Mountain View is senior vice president of professional services at Keynote Systems. Aoki joined the Foothill-De Anza Foundation board in 2012 and also serves on the board of the Community Health Awareness Council.

New board secretary Lisa Elliott is a charter member of the 100 Charitable Women Foundation and brings a background in advertising and marketing to the foundation board. The Los Altos resident joined the board in 2012.

Los Altos resident Martin Neiman, a board member since 2008, was re-elected the foundation’s treasurer. The retired high-tech executive also serves on the board of Hidden Villa and the advisory board of The Terraces at Los Altos.

“We’re thrilled to have such an amazing and accomplished group of board members leading our foundation,” said Sheryl Alexander, the foundation’s executive director. “Their commitment and enthusiasm for our mission to change student lives is infectious, and I know we will accomplish exceptional things through their leadership.”

The nominating committee for the new officers included board members Sue Levy, a Portola Valley resident who directs the governance committee, and past presidents Anita Manwani Bhagat of Los Altos and Dianne McKenna of Sunnyvale.

The Foothill-De Anza Foundation Board of Directors provides oversight, guidance and support for the foundation. The foundation’s mission is to change student lives by raising and investing funds to support educational excellence at Foothill and De Anza colleges. Its goal for 2013-2014 is raising at least $4.8 million.

For more information, visit foundation.fhda.edu.

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