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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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Food Briefs

New restaurant pairs fast food with flourishes

The Mountain View burger joint The Counter is assembling dishes to order at 2580 W. El Camino Real in the new Village at San Antonio Center.

A chain started in Santa Monica in 2003, the restaurant balances a casual, order-at-the-counter style with a lengthy list of upscale burger fixings, including Danish blue cheese, homemade guacamole, sun-dried tomatoes and toppings like roasted garlic aioli and ginger soy glaze.

Customers can order a burger-in-a-bowl, perched atop greens rather than a bun, or choose from a range of breads including ciabatta and English muffin. Beer, wine and cocktails are also on order.

Arrive prepared to pencil in your pick of protein, toppings, sauce and bun on a clipboard, The Counter’s signature menu style.

For more information, visit www.thecounterburger.com.

East Coast-style subs on the menu in MV

Jersey Mike’s Subs starts serving up grilled sandwiches today just down the street from The Counter, at 624 San Antonio Road. A grand-opening free sub fundraiser, scheduled today through July 21, benefits the Community School of Music and Arts. Coupon-holders can get a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to the school.

The sandwich chain originated on the Jersey Shore in 1956 and now operates nearly 100 shops around the country, offering fresh-sliced meats and cheese piled on bread baked in-store.

For more information, visit www.jerseymikes.com.

Make sausage at Hidden Villa

Charcuterie chef Quentin Levy is scheduled to demonstrate Beginning Sausage Making using fresh Italian chicken sausage with fennel, anise and spicy pepper flakes 3-5 p.m. Sunday at Hidden Villa’s Duveneck House, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.

Participants 21 and over can learn how to make their own homemade sausages, including a classic, cured Sopressa salami, featuring pasture-raised organic pork, Tellicherry peppercorns and Utah pink mineral salt. Learn how to pick the healthiest, most sustainably produced and tastiest ingredients, then sample sausage specialties from around the world paired with wine.

Cost is $65 per person.

To register online, visit www.hiddenvilla.org.

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