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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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Circuit race returns to Foothill; ‘Learning Curve’ set for Sunday


Photo By: Town Crier file photo
Photo Town Crier File Photo

Kate Finegan, right, won the Women’s Pro/Category 1/2 Open Division at last year’s Foothill College Circuit Race.

Organizers of the third annual Foothill College Circuit Race, “The Learning Curve,” were not able to find a major sponsor for this weekend’s event, but they said the 12 individual races are spoken for.

The fundraising race is scheduled 8 a.m. to 5:40 p.m. Sunday at the Los Altos Hills community college.

The course is a clockwise 1.09-mile loop around campus with 60 feet of climbing per lap. Race categories include Juniors, Elite Men, Elite Women and Masters.

The Learning Curve raised approximately $6,000 over the past two years, according to Brenda Davis-Visas, Foothill director of facilities and special projects. Proceeds go toward constructing a bike path from El Monte Road to the pedestrian bridge on campus. The project is estimated to cost $700,000.

“We have a very long way to go, and probably more every year as inflation goes (up),” said Davis-Visas, who came up with the idea for the race.

Foothill officials work with the Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club to organize the event each summer.

According to Barry Gordon, club president, the race has undergone a few changes this year. It has been upgraded in status and is now part of the Northern California Nevada Cycling Association (NCNCA) 2013 Women’s Race Series, the NCNCA 2013 Junior Points Series and the USA Cycling Road Development Race Series.

“It just means that the race has greater status in the cycling community and that more people will participate in the event to obtain more series points for the NCNCA Women’s Race and Junior Points Series,” Gordon said. “Also, juniors that do well in the USA Cycling Road Development Race Series will be invited to national cycling training camps.”

Registration is available online at bikereg.com or on the day of the event starting at 7:15 a.m. next to the starting line. Registration closes 10 minutes prior to each race. Race fees range from $15 to $35, with $10 added after Thursday.

Davis-Visas encourages those who are not participating to come out and watch the racers in action.

“The race is fabulous to watch – you feel the hot air as they go through,” she said. “Even just to see what they do for an hour (is worthwhile).”

For more information, visit foothillcollegecircuitrace.com.

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