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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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Festival reaps positive returns


Town Crier File Photo
According to Los Altos Village Association Executive Director Nancy Dunaway, the 2013 Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival saw a preliminary increase of 7 to 9 percent in wine, beer and glassware sales. 

The early verdict on the 2013 Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival is positive, according to the event’s organizer.

Nancy Dunaway, executive director of the Los Altos Village Association (LAVA), told the Town Crier last week that the festival – held July 13-14 in downtown Los Altos – was a success based on the 7 to 9 percent increase organizers saw in beer, wine and glassware sales. Although she cautioned that the cited sales were preliminary, ballpark figures, Dunaway noted that the festival appeared to pass the eyeball test in terms of crowd size.

“We had a great crowd,” she said of the 34th annual event. “The weather was perfect, which is always helpful.”

Several downtown merchants gave the festival good reviews.

Jim Reynolds, co-owner of Present at 162 Main St., said he took advantage of the occasion to advertise artisan food tastings and other in-store demonstrations via a small chalk billboard in front of his boutique. Reynolds noted that while sales were up throughout the weekend, the biggest boon the festival provided was exposure for visitors new to downtown Los Altos.

“It was excellent,” he said. “There were several hundred people we encountered and talked with throughout the festival.”

Steve Oberhauser, manager of the European Cobblery at 201 First St., said he used the festival weekend to clear his corner store of overstocked items by hosting a sidewalk sale.

“The Arts & Wine Festival was really good for us,” he said, noting that he too experienced an uptick in sales and exposure from the event. “Our corner location (at State and First streets) is really good, too. We had people funneling into our location all weekend.”

Some merchants said the festival seemed similar to past years. Spot Pizza manager Jeff Gilmartin told the Town Crier that his eatery “saw a lot of foot traffic, which is always nice.” But he was hard-pressed to judge whether the crowd was larger than in previous years.

“We went through a lot of slices – a lot of grab-and-go food,” he said. “All in all, it went pretty smoothly … business as usual, as far as the (festival) goes.”

Dunaway said that even if some merchants didn’t see immediate results from the festival weekend, the event should pay off for them in the long run. Festival proceeds benefit LAVA members throughout the year in the form of advertising to encourage shoppers to visit downtown during the holiday season and other LAVA-sponsored events like the Holiday Stroll.

Oberhauser agreed, noting that the festival is the city’s most prominent chance to be discovered by thousands of visitors on one weekend.

“How often do you see this many people in downtown Los Altos?” he asked with a grin. “Two days per year – with this festival.”


2013 Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Los Altos Town Crier

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