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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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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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Art on the go: How SF museum closure inspired the upcoming "Project Los Altos"


Photo By: Courtesy of SFMOMA
Photo Courtesy Of Sfmoma

Artist Jeremy Blake&#8217s &#8220Century 21&#8221 is from his series &#8220Winchester, 2004.&#8221 Blake is among the artists participating in &#8220Project Los Altos SFMOMA in Silicon Valley.&#8221

When the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art closed for renovations June 2, curators launched the two-and-a-half-year expansion project with traveling “SFMOMA On the Go” displays.

One outreach exhibition, “Project Los Altos: SFMOMA in Silicon Valley,” is scheduled to open in downtown Los Altos and run from Nov. 9 through March 2.

Taylor Robinson, former co-director of Passerelle Investment Co., knew a trustee at SFMOMA with whom she discussed the company’s mission to revitalize downtown Los Altos.

“We introduced ‘Project Los Altos’ to Passerelle and they said it would be great” to see contemporary art in the city, said SFMOMA curator Janet Bishop.

Last fall, Robinson and Amanda Tevis, a former co-director of Passerelle, approached Los Altos Mayor Jarrett Fishpaw and City Manager Marcia Somers with the idea.

“I said yes immediately,” said Somers, adding that she is now focusing on what the city can do to enhance the experience for Los Altos residents.

Although the city “doesn’t have the kind of money to contribute cash,” Somers said, it plans to “contribute in-kind.”

Los Altos School District Superintendent Jeff Baier has pledged his support, and Somers foresees the Public Arts Commission developing an educational component to “Project Los Altos.”

“Public art enhances life in the community, and here we have a strong history of that,” Somers said.

Because the exhibition is scheduled around the holidays, Somers added that organizers count on new visitors to Los Altos who may have just driven by in the past.

Passerelle Director Brooke Ray Smith, who earned two degrees in urban planning, deems public art “a hot topic right now as a way to catalyze community vitality.”

Smith said she hopes “Project Los Altos” will redefine contemporary art for audiences.

“It’s not really a scary thing that has to be in whitewashed walls in echoing hallways,” she said. “It’s something that you can experience every day that you might walk by in the downtown.”

The museum chose nine artists to participate in “Project Los Altos,” two whose projects have ties to the city and seven with newly commissioned works.

The exhibition, scheduled at various venues in Los Altos, both indoors and out, will include the work of artists Jeremy Blake, Spencer Finch, Charles Garoian, Christian Jankowski, Chris Johanson, Mike Mills, Katerina Sedá, Alec Soth and Jessica Stockholder.

The works of Blake and Garoian boast Los Altos connections. The Winchester Mystery House inspired Blake’s “Winchester” animation trilogy from the SFMOMA collection. Sarah Winchester, heir to the Winchester rifle fortune and the violence on which it was built, owned the 100 acres that later became the city of Los Altos.

Garoian’s video of a performance-art project, “Drill Team: Homecoming Parade 1974,” features his Los Altos High School art students. (For more on Garoian, see the June 12 Town Crier).

For more information, visit www.sfmoma.org/about/press/press_exhibitions/releases/960.

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