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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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New Los Altos girls basketball coach eager to get started

Although it seems Los Altos High changes girls basketball coaches nearly as often as Taylor Swift switches boyfriends, Jaclyn Brode intends to stick around awhile.

“I’m not going anywhere,” said Brode, the Eagles’ sixth coach in nine years and eighth since 2001.

Hired May 14, Brode is rooted in the area – she grew up in Mountain View and still lives there – and has connections to both high schools in the district. Brode is a 2002 graduate of Mountain View High, where she played basketball and softball, and this year coached both sports at Los Altos. Brode ran the Eagles’ junior-varsity girls basketball team and was an assistant coach for JV softball.

Brode, working toward a degree in physical education at San Francisco State, said she started coaching 10 years ago. Brode has coached basketball at the YMCA and at Egan Junior High, a feeder school for Los Altos High.

Having coached a few of the girls as Egan eighth-graders prior to guiding the Eagles’ JV team last season, Brode is familiar with the players she’s inheriting.

“I love those kids – they’re a great group,” she said. “They work really hard and they’re smart.”

Brode added that she’s “excited to get started.” That eagerness and energy helped her land the job, according to athletic director Kim Cave.

“Jaclyn brings a great deal of enthusiasm and inspiration to the program,” she said. “She has a great passion for the game.”

But that’s not all Brode brings to the bench, according to Cave.

“Her knowledge, focus and ability to communicate with players is what we are looking for,” the athletic director said.

When she’s not taking classes or coaching, Brode spends much of her time working one-on-one with elementary students in east San Jose who are behind in school.

“I’m all about education and kids,” she said. “I put character above all else, and I’m going to be honest with the girls (on the team).”

Brode takes over a squad that went 19-7 last season under Kevin Lee, who was not asked back after two years at the helm. The Eagles shared the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division championship with Mountain View this year and reached the quarterfinals of the Central Coast Section playoffs.

“They had a lot of success, but there’s a lot of room to grow,” Brode said. “They have a lot of potential.”

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