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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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Robinson great at state


Photo By: Courtesy of Sarah Robinson
Photo Courtesy Of Sarah Robinson

Gunn High’s Sarah Robinson placed in both of her events at Saturday’s finals of the state meet. The junior from Los Altos Hills finished third in the 1,600 run and fifth in the 3,200.

The weather for Saturday’s track and field finals was about what’s expected in Clovis for June – hot – and that didn’t help distance runners like Sarah Robinson. She not only competed in the 1,600-meter run but the 3,200 as well at Buchanan High, where temperatures reached nearly 100 degrees.

Yet the Los Altos Hills resident beat the heat and most of the competition to earn a spot on the podium after each race. Robinson followed a third-place performance in the 1,600 by finishing fifth in the 3,200 run.

“This was my first state meet, and I am very happy about the results,” the Gunn High junior said.

Although Robinson didn’t have to race at the hottest time of the day – the 1,600 began just before 6:30 p.m. – she was back on the track for the 3,200 approximately three hours later.

“I felt a little fatigued after the 1,600 but was extremely happy that I was able to run in the 3,200,” Robinson said.

She not only ran it – Robinson set a personal record in the 3,200. Her time of 10 minutes, 26.65 seconds was just .11 seconds behind fourth-place finisher Danielle Shanahan of Bishop Montgomery.

Robinson’s 1,600 time (4:48.37) wasn’t her best, but it was good enough to beat Shanahan for third by more than a second. Robinson was in fourth after three laps, then surged to second before Nikki Hiltz of Aptos squeaked by her at the end.

“I felt that in the 1,600 I was running as conservative as possible until the final lap,” Robinson said. “During the final lap I was really pressing to catch Anna Maxwell (the winner from San Lorenzo Valley). I almost caught up to her, only losing by a second.”

The day before at the trials, Robinson ran a 4:51 to take fourth in the event (there was no preliminary race for the 3,200).

St. Francis High senior Marc Toney was the only other local athlete to advance beyond the trials. He qualified for the finals of the pole vault, finishing in a 12-way tie for first by clearing 15 feet, 5.75 inches Friday. Toney vaulted 15-10 Saturday, tying Chino Hill’s Dillon Groene for sixth.

Mountain View High’s Kolisa Nhlapo finished 24th in the 300 hurdles Friday, running a 46.52 that was 2.5 seconds off her school-record time. The junior said the poor air quality in the San Joaquin Valley affected her performance.

“I actually had difficulty breathing,” she said.

Nhlapo added that she “felt honored to attend the state meet.”

Los Altos High’s Brian Yeager placed 25th in the triple jump trials with an effort of 42-5.75.

The sophomore – who didn’t start triple jumping until the Eagles’ March 26 meet against Palo Alto – went 2 feet farther the week before at the Central Coast Section finals, where he secured second.

“I was a little bit intimidated going against the best in the state and some of the best in the nation,” Yeager said. “But it was a good experience; next year I’ll know what I’m up against.”

And what did he learn from his state experience?

“I need to work hard and strengthen my legs a lot,” he said. “The people there were really good and had strong legs – they could power through their jumps.”

Yeager said he jumped nearly 45 feet on his second attempt Friday, but it was ruled a scratch.

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