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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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Those lazy, crazy thumbs of summer: Editorial

We just passed the longest day of the year (we know this because the Los Altos Community Foundation held its Summer Solstice party last week), but many long, hot, lazy summer days lie ahead. There’s also plenty to look back on. So, using our thumbs, we offer yet another review of recent local happenings.

Thumbs-up – and -down: To the city of Los Altos, for its handling of the current phase of the First Street construction project. On the one hand, we praise the city for its swift response in addressing merchants’ concerns about the lack of access caused by trenches between business frontages and the street. Following a letter of complaint from a business owner, city officials immediately directed the contractor to fill in the sidewalk and driveway access in front of the Silicon Valley Mediation Group and California Automotive. On the other hand, the lack of direction to the contractor on how to prioritize the work is what left these businesses frustrated in the first place.

Thumbs-up: To the city of Los Altos, for sponsoring its highly entertaining Summer Concert Series. Thumbs-up also to the Peninsula Symphony, whose administrative offices are in Los Altos, for its rousing June 15 concert at Hillview Soccer Field and for continuing to participate in the series each year. The city offers additional concerts free, folks, so grab a lawn chair and head out to Hillview or Grant Park Thursday evenings through early August.

Thumbs-up: To organizers of and participants in the 10th annual Relay For Life of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, held June 15-16 at Egan Junior High School. While this year’s attendance and fundraising total for the American Cancer Society topped last year’s, they were nowhere near the $600,000 raised at the event’s peak in 2007 – right before the economy tanked. We would love to see the event return to its former glory, because cancer remains a major threat.

Fond farewells: To our old Safeway supermarket on First Street – a crew demolished the structure, built circa 1967, last week to make way for a new market twice its size; to Roy Lave, who officially leaves his longtime post as executive director of the Los Altos Community Foundation July 4; and to plastic grocery bags, which are prohibited when the city’s reusable bag ordinance takes effect July 4.

Finally, a wish, to all residents of this enriched sector of Silicon Valley, for a safe summer, if traveling, and for many kick-back days on the beach, at Lake Tahoe or in your own back yard.

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