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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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Letters to the Editor

Praise for a truly ‘Glorious Fourth’

I want to give a big shout-out to the Los Altos Community Foundation, which for more than 10 years has sponsored the “Glorious Fourth” celebration at Shoup Park.

This year, two bands serenaded the 500 guests, Ye Olde Towne Band and The Unicorns. Los Altos High School Assistant Principal Cristy Dawson was a great master of ceremonies for the fun children’s events, a bouncy-ball race and a Hula-Hoop contest.

The crowd was disappointed when the expected Fourth of July orators (the mayors of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills) were no-shows. In their stead, Roy Lave, LACF founder, and Joe Eyre, LACF executive director, filled in nicely. They reminded us to cherish our liberty and the many blessings our community enjoys in this troubled world.

Thank you again for a great party, Los Altos Community Foundation and volunteers.

Paul Gonella

Los Altos

Residents dismayed by ‘pigsty’ sidewalks

Since my husband and I moved downtown four years ago, we have walked through the town every morning.

We are extremely disappointed with and dismayed by its appearance. No amount of beautification can overcome the filthy sidewalks outside of the food and drink purveyors.

How can customers eat in the pigstys outside the businesses? Those that are encroaching on the sidewalks should be expected to clean the sidewalks near their establishments. At least Le Boulanger, Maltby’s and Pompeii strive to do so once in a while. Surely others could be more responsible.

Terry Parker

Los Altos

Digging basins is a waste of money

Neither the Santa Clara Valley Water District nor the Committee for Green Foothills cares about wasting $7 million in taxpayer money on a proposed flood basin in Rancho San Antonio Park, one of the largest open spaces in Santa Clara County. One-half million residents enjoy Rancho annually.

The proposed 15-acre Rancho flood basin would remove more than 100 trees and 200,000 cubic yards of soil. It would destroy the existing wetland basin, something that would never be permitted if proposed by the private sector.

The water district cannot defend its hydrology calculations, which independent, local engineers Richard Moll and Mike Hayden claim are exaggerated by at least 200 percent. Both Moll and Hayden contend that the proposed Rancho basin would not have any meaningful flow. Do we have a different standard for the water district, here?

In planning the Rancho basin, water district engineers seem to have ignored warnings that altering the existing Rancho basin may destroy the natural wetland meadow and drop the natural, historical water table.

I phoned the Committee for Green Foothills June 25 asking for support in the form of a letter to the water district questioning its plans for a basin at Rancho San Antonio Park, then followed up with environmental impact and hydrology reports from local experts. So far, no one has responded.

Cynthia Riordan

Saratoga

Resident nixes idea of parking meters

I oppose the idea of installing parking meters downtown. We just spent a lot of money to beautify our streets – new lampposts, street signs, benches, flowers and much more. The idea of cluttering up our streets with parking meters on our sidewalks should be put into the round file along with that crazy roundabouts idea.

Regarding parking: I have been a regular shopper downtown for 40 years and have never had a problem parking relatively near where I want to shop.

If we need to fund a parking garage, please don’t deface our newly beautiful streets with parking meters.

And please, let’s not pay another “consultant” to study this idea. Just ask the people who live and shop here.

Catherine Kordsmeier

Los Altos

Thanks for recognizing firefighters

Thank you for the outstanding column on the bravery of our firefighters (“Recent news reminds us of firefighters’ invaluable service,” July 17).

You beautifully articulated what we all know and appreciate about first responders.

We are so fortunate to have such brave men and women who are willing to sacrifice to protect our lives, property and environment.

In our area, we are grateful to the Santa Clara County Fire Department for providing world-class services to our community.

Duffy Price, vice president

Los Altos Hills County Fire District

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