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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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CHARLES (CHARLEY) ELMER DUNN


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Longtime Resident of Los Altos

April 17, 1923 – May 18, 2013

Charles Elmer Dunn, 90, passed away peacefully on May 18, 2013. Commonly known as “Chuck” by friends and associates, he was “Grandpa Charley” to his family. A resident of Mountain View and Los Altos since 1946, Charley and his wife, Val, moved to California in 1943. He is survived by son Charles (Nancy) Dunn, Jr. of Los Altos and three beloved grandchildren: Jeffrey (Noelle) Dunn of Los Altos, Jennifer (Chris) Bridgman of Mountain View, and Jessica (Arnd) Geis of Santa Clara. He was the proud great-grandfather to six children, all under the age of four: Emilie, Christopher, Amelie, Tristan, Hunter and a baby boy due this fall. He is survived by a sister, Maxine Tucker of Arizona. He was predeceased by his loving wife and soul mate of 63 years, Yvonne Valerie Dunn, and his daughter, Carol Diane Dunn, who passed away in 1981 at the age of 21.

The second youngest of seven children, Charley was born on April 17, 1923 in Locust Grove, Oklahoma. His father (James Elmer Dunn; 1883-1926), passed away when Charley was just a toddler, and times were tough growing up in rural Oklahoma amidst the Great Depression. By age 13, Charley began leaving home to support himself, hitching rides on the railroad and sending money back home to his mother whenever he could. Despite having only an eighth-grade education, Charley’s work ethic, intelligence and charisma paid off. He found work as a ranch hand in Wyoming, a truck driver in Kentucky and Minnesota, and he even worked at the original McDonald’s hamburger stand in San Bernadino. Stories of his early adventures later captivated all who knew him, but his favorite story involved a chance encounter at a diner in Minnesota with the young woman who would later become his wife.

In 1943, Charley married the love of his life, Val. Their son, Charles Jr., was born while Charley was stationed on a destroyer in the Pacific during WWII. Following Charley’s discharge from the Navy, he began working in the automotive repair business, first at Tuban Ford in Sunnyvale, followed by Mancini Motors in Mountain View. In 1975, Charley opened Dunn’s Automotive in downtown Mountain View, which he continued to run well into his seventies. Charley worked hard, but he liked to play, too. In the 1980s and 1990s, his weekends were often spent with family and friends at his vacation home in Discovery Bay, where he enjoyed boating, barbecuing, fishing, playing cards, listening to country music and finding time for a good story or two. An avid golfer, Charley was a member of the Los Altos Golf & Country Club where he regularly met buddies for 18 (and sometimes 19) holes of golf.

Charley will be remembered for his kind heart and playful sense of humor. He was devoted to his family, and although he tended to spoil loved ones with gifts, it was his generosity of time that will be remembered most. “Grandpa Charley” was the ultimate grandfather. From overnight fishing trips with his grandson to playing “Beauty Parlor” with his granddaughters, he cultivated meaningful relationships with his grandchildren that continued to evolve over the course of three decades. We will miss the twinkle in his blue eyes and the soft-spoken drawl in his voice, but we take comfort in knowing he has moved on to a better place. Charley, thank you for showing us by example what it means to live a good, honest life with love in your heart. May you rest in peace.

A memorial service and celebration of Charley’s life will take place on Wednesday, May 29 at 10 am at Spangler Mortuary in Los Altos (399 S. San Antonio Rd, Los Altos). Following the burial at Alta Mesa Cemetery, a reception will be held at Charley’s home in Los Altos (address information to be provided at memorial service.)

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