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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

Petition calls for end to facilities litigation

The Huttlinger Alliance for Education, a nonprofit group concerned with local public education, began to distribute an online petition last week that calls for the end of litigation between the Los Altos School District and Bullis Charter School over facilities.

The school district and charter school, amid five active cases of litigation, have been at odds for years over whether Bullis has received the sufficient facilities from the district.

“Ten years of facilities litigation has clearly been a waste of time and money without producing a satisfactory solution,” states the Alliance’s letter introducing the petition. “It is time for other community members to step in and actively help to solve this deepening crisis by creatively working together to find a suitable solution for Bullis Charter School without losing a neighborhood school. We encourage all citizens to ask both their civic and school leaders to work together to stop litigation and put our tax dollars back to work educating all of our children.”

The petition asks for a full name – whether the signee lives inside or outside Los Altos School District boundaries – and whether they are a neutral voice, district supporter or charter school supporter.

As of the Town Crier’s Monday press deadline, the petition had garnered 550 signatures.

To view the petition, visit http://huttlingeralliance.wufoo.com/forms/regarding-bcs-vs-lasd-litigation-i-believe/.

– Traci Newell

Police seek donations for Special Olympics

Several members of the Los Altos Police Department are strapping on their running shoes once again to run through town carrying the Special Olympics torch this year.

The department is scheduled to participate in the annual Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run through Santa Clara County June 20 and seeks donations on its team site to help the cause. The regional law enforcement run is the largest fundraising event benefiting the Special Olympics and its athletes.

According to police, this year’s run will begin in the South Bay and reach Los Altos in the afternoon, where police department members will take the torch handoff and head toward the city’s shared border with Palo Alto.

To donate and for more information, email Los Altos Police dispatcher Tracie DeLira at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

– Diego Abeloos

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