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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 School District teachers to receive raises


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After four years without raises, Los Altos School District teachers are getting a bump in pay.

Los Altos School District Superintendent Jeff Baier, who presented specifics of the tentative bargaining agreement with the Los Altos Teachers Association at last week’s board meeting, said this is an appropriate time to reward the teachers. He noted that the district is in better financial standing than it was the last four years.

“They have given up some health benefits and absorbed some cuts during that time,” Baier said of the teachers.

There are three parts to the salary increase. The first is a 1.75 percent raise, which adds approximately $350,000 to district expenses annually. The second is a one-time 1.25 percent bonus for the 2012-2013 school year, adding approximately $250,000. The third portion is based on property tax collection. If the collection of property taxes for the 2012-2013 school year, finalized in August, is more than 5 percent, the teachers will receive more than half of that overage as a one-time bonus. As of last week, property tax growth was estimated at 6.12 percent.

Randy Kenyon, assistant superintendent for business services, said the raises would be paid out of property tax collections and reserve funds. The agreement is retroactive and begins with the teacher’s salary at the start of the 2012-2013 school year. The contract runs through the 2014-2015 school year.

The district and the teacher’s association have been through an interest-based bargaining process for the duration of the school year, hammering out the specifics of an offer that includes new language limiting salary advancement for teachers who do not receive a satisfactory performance evaluation.

“The idea that we agree on new language limiting salary advancement – that is really a nod from our teachers that they want excellence in our classrooms,” Baier said. “Our teachers would agree, if a teacher isn’t performing satisfactorily, they shouldn’t get an increase in pay.”

The district board is scheduled to vote on the contract at Monday’s board meeting. isn’t performing satisfactorily they shouldn’t get an increase in pay.”

The district board is scheduled to vote on the contract at Monday’s board meeting.

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