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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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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

How to increase your home value

Location, location, location: My realtor asked what criteria I would use to find the best location. I ticked through a quiet street, good neighborhood, close to shopping.

No, he said, the top priority is always excellent public schools, even if you have no children of your own.

Which school district would you choose?

1. Cupertino, where enthusiastic parents managed to collect enough funds to maintain the teaching staff despite state budget cuts.

2. Palo Alto, where parents support the public schools by volunteering, paying generous taxes and donating funds to build a gymnasium and auditorium.

3. Portola Valley, where citizens just passed a bond issue to support public schools.

4. Los Altos, where parents from the local charter school sue the school district again and again.

These suits are taking money away from our children and giving it to lawyers.

We all want to protect our children. We all want generous and supportive neighbors. We all want to protect the value of our homes.

These suits have got to stop.

Linda Plutynski

Los Altos

Why no Los Altos support for Deer Hollow?

It is clear from surveys that Los Altos residents enjoy local Deer Hollow Farm in great numbers – more than 15,500 visit annually.

What’s not clear is why Los Altos won’t support this living history farm that its residents have enjoyed free of charge for decades.

Deer Hollow is a community-run teaching farm with many funding partners: Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, Santa Clara County, local donors through Friends of Deer Hollow Farm and the cities of Los Altos Hills, Mountain View and Cupertino.

The nonprofit Friends of Deer Hollow Farm has asked Los Altos to provide minimal $10,000 annual support to help operate the 160-year-old farm, which costs more than $400,000 annually to run.

The Los Altos City Council is considering our grant request in next year’s budget.

We hope that Los Altos residents who enjoy the farm ask their city leaders to join with neighboring cities and support the farm they so love.

Sue Gale

President, Board of Directors

Friends of Deer Hollow Farm

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