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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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Police Blotter


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First Street pizzeria robbed at gunpoint

Los Altos police are seeking a suspect for questioning in connection with the Friday armed robbery of Round Table Pizza at 399 First St.

According to police, a white male in his 20s or early 30s entered through the pizzeria’s front door armed with a black semiautomatic handgun at approximately 9:30 p.m. Friday and demanded cash from an employee at the front counter. The employee complied and handed over an undisclosed amount of cash to the suspect, who then fled the scene on foot southbound on First toward Lyell Street.

Police described the suspect as approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing an estimated 170 pounds. The suspect entered the pizzeria wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt, black pants and gloves. Police could not confirm if the suspect is connected to several other armed robberies in the downtown area this year.

Investigators encourage anyone with information regarding the incident to call the Los Altos Police Department at 947-2770.

Residential burglaries

May 17, 2:03 p.m., 1600 block of Newcastle Drive: An unknown individual forced his or her way into a residence, ransacked the master bedroom and stole jewelry.

May 18, 3:25 p.m., 1200 block of Estate Drive: An unknown suspect entered a residence through an open garage door and stole a bicycle.

Drug possession arrest

May 19, 1:19 a.m., Eastwood Place and Covington Road: Police responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle arrested a 25-year-old male motorist for drug possession. Officers at the scene made contact with the driver and discovered methamphetamine residue in the vehicle. The motorist later admitted to being in possession of ecstasy as well. The suspect was booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail.

Felony drug warrant arrest

May 17, 5:38 p.m., 100 block of Fremont Avenue: Police arrested a 20-year-old male, wanted on an outstanding felony drug warrant. The suspect was booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail.

– Diego Abeloos

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