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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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MV Police report spike in burglaries


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Mountain View Police arrested a suspect as he attempted to burglarize a home on the 1100 block of Mercy Street June 6.

After a witness reported seeing a Hispanic male carrying a crowbar and peering into a residence on the street, police confronted suspect Raymundo Ayala Miranda, 33, as he was getting into his pickup truck. Miranda, a Mountain View resident, was charged with residential burglary and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail without incident.

“This arrest illustrates how a watchful community member assisted the Mountain View Police Department by reporting a suspicious individual who was ultimately arrested on a burglary charge,” said police spokesman Sean Thompson. “We continue to urge the Mountain View community, neighbor watch groups and local organizations to report any suspicious individuals and/or activity.”

Police have noted a marked increase in residential robberies over the past year. Approximately 50 residential robberies were reported in Mountain View between January and April this year, compared with 31 recorded in the same four-month period last year. Detectives have yet to pinpoint similar trends among the rash of robberies.

Officers are still on the lookout for the male suspect who burglarized a home on the 1000 block of Bryant Avenue at approximately 6:45 p.m. March 30.

A police spokesman said a resident was napping inside his home near Mountain View High School when his doorbell rang. After the resident ignored the bell and went back to sleep, he awakened to find the suspect in his bedroom. Believing the residence empty, the suspect allegedly entered through a side garage door. When he saw the resident in bed, the suspect fled the scene with the resident’s wallet and cellphone.

Police described the suspect as a 15- to 25-year-old African-American between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall, with short hair and a lean build. At the time of the robbery, the suspect wore a dark-brown sweater and blue jeans.

Police encourage residents to be diligent, keeping all doors and windows locked and secured, including those near the garage. They also recommend keeping the garage closed as well as maintaining the appearance that someone is home by installing timer lights and leaving the radio on. Other ways to protect against residential robberies include investing in deadbolts and securing all door frames.

To report suspicious activity, call 911 or the Mountain View Police Department at 903-6395.

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