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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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Local mayors upbeat on ’State of Cities’


Photo By: Clyde Noel/Special to the Town Crier
Photo Clyde Noel/Special To The Town Crier

Los Altos Hills Mayor Gary Waldeck, from left, Los Altos Mayor Jarrett Fishpaw and 2013 Walter and Marie Singer Award winner Dan Brunello attend the “State of the Cities” event.

Los Altos Mayor Jarrett Fishpaw and Los Altos Hills Mayor Gary Waldeck offered progress reports on their respective communities at Friday’s “State of the Cities” event.

The annual affair, sponsored by the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, was typically upbeat. The large gathering at Fremont Hills Country Club in Los Altos Hills sang “Happy Birthday” to Fishpaw, who recently turned 26.

“(Residents) generally tell me they have things in their houses older than me,” he joked.

Fishpaw listed Los Altos’ recent achievements, including an updated sewer master plan and improved public outreach. He noted three streetscape projects underway along San Antonio Road and First Street and another at Homestead Road to improve bicycle and pedestrian access.

Other sources of pride include Los Altos’ designation as one of the safest cities of its size and its status as a hub for 1,900 electric vehicles. If Los Altos were a state, Fishpaw said, its electric-vehicle total would rank sixth in the country. The city recently installed three charging stations to service the vehicles.

Waldeck noted three Los Altos Hills projects undertaken this year: an Adobe Creek restoration effort at Edith Park, with help from students at Gardner Bullis School; a Fremont Road bike and pedestrian improvement project featuring an upgraded pathway and separation of the path from the road; and an Arastradero Trail improvement project set for completion in October.

Waldeck praised the cadre of “passionate” volunteers who serve on various town committees and participate in the town’s comprehensive emergency preparedness program.

The “State of the Cities” luncheon featured presentation of the 2013 Walter and Marie Singer Award to Dan Brunello, owner of Le Boulanger. The award is given annually to a business owner who exemplifies community involvement and shows “impeccable ethics, integrity and honesty,” according to presenter and last year’s winner Kamrin Knight Desmond.

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