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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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News Briefs

Bubble Wrap case ends in mistrial

An eleventh-hour insanity plea led to a mistrial in the case of a Los Altos woman accused of attempted murder. Four days into the jury trial, Laura Jean Wenke’s attorney advised San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Stephen Hall that a defense psychiatrist had concluded Wenke was not sane at the time of the crime in September 2011.

Hall declared a mistrial, dismissed the jury and continued the case. Two doctors will evaluate Wenke.

In the midst of an acrimonious divorce, Wenke arrived at her husband’s construction company in Redwood City dressed in a mechanic’s jumpsuit, which covered the Bubble Wrap she had encased herself in. She allegedly discharged a stun gun against her husband’s side before stabbing him in the chest and neck.

The husband, who survived, had a $2 million life insurance policy with Wenke listed as beneficiary. She originally pleaded not guilty and has been held without bail since 2011.

Mtn. View bank robbed

The Mountain View Police Department is investigating a May 22 bank robbery near the city’s border with Los Altos.

According to Mountain View Police Sgt. Sean Thompson, a male suspect armed with a handgun entered Blossom Valley Shopping Center’s Wells Fargo Bank at approximately 3 p.m. and demanded money from a teller.

Thompson said the suspect – described as 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium build – exited the bank at 809 Cuesta Drive on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Thompson said the suspect was wearing a dark jacket and ski mask at the time of the robbery. He added that investigators haven’t determined if the suspect in last week’s incident was also responsible for a handful of bank and liquor store robberies earlier this year in Los Altos.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Mountain View Police Department at 903-6344.

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