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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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Mtn. View Briefs

New apartments along El Camino in pipeline

Expect more apartment units to pop up along El Camino Real in Mountain View.

Prometheus Real Estate Co. is currently in the public approval process with the city of Mountain View for its second phase of apartments on El Camino Real.

The Mountain View City Council approved the 165-unit first phase, which encompasses the former Tropicana Lodge and Western Appliance sites – approximately 2.5 acres – at 1720 and 1730 W. El Camino Real. Phase 2 includes an adjacent property, 1616 W. El Camino Real, formerly occupied by Austin’s restaurant.

A recently approved affordable housing project at 1581 W. El Camino Real, will feature 26 units for the “high-functioning, developmentally disabled,” according to city planner Randy Tsuda.

The site, approximately 300 feet southeast of Rich Avenue, is being developed in partnership with First Community Housing, a nonprofit affordable housing developer. Rental rates for the units will be affordable to “extremely low” and “very low-income” residents. The council committed $4.65 million to the project.

MV library hosts 3D printing forum

The Mountain View Public Library has scheduled a 3D Printing Open House 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 19.

Presenters Brook Drumm from Printrbot, Roy Worthington from Octave and representatives from Tech Shop San Jose will discuss 3D printing, how it is evolving and its impact on the landscape of manufacturing and society at large. After the discussion, vendors and entrepreneurs will offer demonstrations of 3D printers and 3D software.

The library is located at 585 Franklin St.

For more information, visit www.mountainview.gov/library.

KMVT elects Carpenter to board of directors

Los Altos City Councilwoman Val Carpenter is among six new members elected to serve on the Mountain View-based KMVT 15 Silicon Valley Community Media Board of Directors.

The nonprofit KMVT Community Television provides local television and Internet programming, multimedia training and professional video production services to Mountain View, Los Altos and Cupertino.

For more information, call 968-1540, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.kmvt15.org.

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