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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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Approval for Immigrant House relocation excites supporters


Photo By: Photos Courtesy of Mary Kay Marinovich
Photo Photos Courtesy Of Mary Kay Marinovich

Volunteers including firefighters and city councilmembers, top, pitch in May 30 to clean up the site at 771 N. Rengstorff Ave., future home to the Immigrant House.

The Immigrant House has a home.

In the wake of the city’s recent $3 million purchase of a property at 771 N. Rengstorff Ave., the Mountain View City Council May 21 approved relocating the small 1880s-era house to the site.

Although the council has yet to formally approve the newly purchased land for park use, its action with Immigrant House points in that direction. The property’s owner, Frances M. Stieper, sold the 1.22-acre property to the city with the preference that it be used for either a park or affordable housing.

Although Immigrant House is tiny at 400 square feet, it looms large in the life of Los Altos resident Mary Kay Marinovich, who founded Friends of Immigrant House to campaign for a reprieve for the historical structure. It was home to family members who came to America from Croatia in search of a better life – thus leading to its name, Immigrant House. Through her efforts, the house, formerly located at 166 Bryant St., was saved from demolition earlier this year and moved to the city’s Municipal Operations Center until a new site could be found.

“We will be putting the house in the new park,” Marinovich said. “It will be a representation of what Mountain View was like to live in at the turn of the century.”

Major hurdles remain, however – namely, moving the house to the new location and renovating it. Costs are estimated to range from $50,000 to a city staff estimate of $225,000.

In light of the community support that has stepped forward, cost estimates remain uncertain. Marinovich May 30 rounded up several volunteers, including Mountain View Mayor John Inks, to clear out debris at the Rengstorff property – overgrown brush and trash that had accumulated over decades as the owner could no longer could keep up with maintenance.

Former Los Altos mayors Roy Lave and Bob Grimm also have helped. Lave, executive director of the Los Altos Community Foundation, said the foundation would act as a fiscal sponsor for Immigrant House fundraising.

The foundation can accept donations on its behalf, sparing Marinovich the hassle of founding her own nonprofit group to handle funds.

Members of the Kiwanis Club of Mountain View have provided funding and support for the relocation, and Mountain View firefighters are assisting in the effort.

Councilmembers selected the Rengstorff location from several options, including Shoreline Park adjacent to the historical Rengstorff House and Deer Hollow Farm, run by the city of Mountain View.

The relatively small park location suits some Immigrant House supporters just fine.

“It would be kind of lost in a bigger setting,” said Carol Lewis at the May 21 meeting. “It deserves a location of its own, by itself, where children can appreciate it more.”

Although noting that the city would provide oversight, the council placed the responsibility of fundraising on Friends of Immigrant House volunteers. The group is charged with raising money for such items as architectural drawings and materials.

City Manager Dan Rich said the effort has “evolved into a partnership” between the city and the volunteers. Marinovich said she plans to schedule an event Aug. 19 to celebrate the Immigrant House and its history.

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