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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 falls to Gilroy 2-1 in softball semis


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Los Altos High senior Nikki Klepper watches a ball she fouled off late in last week’s CCS softball semifinal game.

While the Los Altos High softball team’s lone error loomed large in last week’s Central Coast Section Division II semifinal, the fifth-seeded Eagles’ lack of productivity at the plate sealed their fate in the 2-1 loss to No. 8 Gilroy.

Los Altos mustered just three hits and stranded seven runners, leaving the bases loaded in the fifth inning of the May 22 game at San Jose’s PAL Stadium.

“We didn’t take advantage of opportunities,” coach Tom Barrera said. “We got runners in scoring position and didn’t come through with the timely hit. You need to execute in those situations, and we just didn’t do a good job executing.”

Except for the first inning.

With two away in the bottom of the frame, Eagles cleanup hitter Tianna Vasquez ripped a ground-rule double (the ball bounced over the centerfield fence) to score catcher Jasmine Pedroza, who led off with a walk and stole second base.

“It was an inside pitch and it was low, and I usually hit the low pitches better,” said Vasquez, a senior shortstop headed to Willamette University. “I just went up there looking to start a rally, and that’s what I did.”

The 1-0 lead wouldn’t last for long. The Mustangs tied it up in the second on Cristyn Simpson’s two-out double down the first-base line, which scored Holly Lam from second.

Los Altos pitcher Lizzy Beutter kept Gilroy in check for the next four innings. The freshman – who struck out three and walked two in a complete-game effort – didn’t allow another runner past first base until the seventh when the Mustangs scored the unearned run that won the game.

Gilroy freshman Anna Gamboa led off the seventh with a triple to center and the next batter, Nicole Green, hit a ground ball to third baseman Marialena Ahern. The junior faked throwing to first in hopes of catching Gamboa off base, but her hard toss to Vasquez (covering third) bounced off the Eagles’ dugout fence. Gamboa raced home, beating the throw to Pedroza.

Although the Eagles (18-10-2) threatened in the bottom of the seventh – Nikki Klepper walked and Pedroza singled with two outs before freshman Kaya Agustin struck out – their best chance to score another run had come two innings earlier.

Beutter drew a one-out walk in the fifth and moved to third on back-to-back errors by Gilroy (18-12) that allowed Klepper to reach base on a grounder and advance to second. After Natalie Hollenbaugh struck out, Pedroza walked to load the bases. But Mustangs pitcher Lauren Castro got out of the jam by getting Agustin to ground out.

Castro, a hard-throwing sophomore, notched eight strikeouts while going the distance.

“She was definitely one of the better pitchers we’ve seen this season,” Vasquez said.

Castro’s defense saved her from surrendering a second hit to Vasquez. Los Altos’ co-team captain belted a ball to deep right field with one away in the fourth, only to see Rachel Tomlinson track it down.

“That girl just made a spectacular catch in right field,” Barrera said. “That would have turned into a double, if not more.”

Just another oh-so-close moment for the Eagles, knocked out of the playoffs by Gilroy for the second consecutive season.

“We worked really, really hard, and I don’t think we deserved the loss,” Vasquez said, “but that’s what happened.”

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