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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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Guy Shoup House earns landmark status: Two-story home on University Avenue receives historical desig


Photo By: Photo By Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Photo By Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Marlene and Del Beumer, above, received Historical Landmark status from the city of Los Altos for their University Avenue home.

Although it took Los Altos residents Del and Marlene Beumer only a few minutes to add their thumbprints and signatures to a document designating their University Avenue home a Historical Landmark June 27, the couple said the achievement was nearly a century in the making.

The story begins in 1915 when a two-story, Mediterranean-style residence at 452 University Ave., designed by architect Warren Skillings, reached completion on a site nestled between Adobe Creek and the old Southern Pacific railway line – known today as Foothill Expressway.

Adhering to the popular style of the day, the home includes a facade of asymmetrical windows with few embellishments and a stucco finish. In addition to the architecture itself, the original owner of the home – Guy Shoup – is an asset to the home’s value.

While serving as vice president and general counsel of Southern Pacific Railroad, Shoup helped found the Rotary Club of Los Altos and Los Altos Union Church. Wander no farther than Shoup Park to appreciate the enduring legacy of Shoup and his brother Paul, considered the “Father of Los Altos.”

The home’s age and architecture qualify the structure as a Historical Landmark, but according to the guidelines of Los Altos’ Historical Preservation Ordinance, the role that Guy Shoup played in the town’s early days further underlines the importance of preserving the property. The home is the 104th in the city granted Historical Landmark status by the Los Altos City Council and its Historical Commission.

Marlene said she and Del feel more like caretakers of the property because they purchased the Guy and Adelle Shoup House from the original owners’ daughter. Maintaining the landscaping as close to its original design as possible, the Beumers view the recent landmark designation as a way to preserve the home. The five-bedroom, three-bathroom home is currently on the market as the Beumers look to downsize.

Future owners might also reap the benefits of a property-tax reduction that enables money to be reinvested into preservation or restoration of a home so designated, but the Beumers note that the classification is more about “keeping the history of the community relevant” than any financial gain.

“It protects the house so that more people realize its importance,” Marlene said.

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