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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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LASD welcomes new administrators

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees is scheduled to approve the appointments of two new principals, an assistant superintendent for curriculum and another district office position Tuesday.

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Alyssa Gallagher will transition into a new district position that focuses on strategic innovation projects and community partnerships. A private donation to the district will fund the part-time post.

Almond School Principal Nancy Davis will replace Gallagher as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. After returning from a leave of absence, Davis served as principal at Almond for two years. Previously, she was principal at Covington School for three years.

Erika Benadom will succeed Davis as principal at Almond next year. Benadom is currently principal at Paradise Valley Elementary School in the Morgan Hill Unified School District. Prior to her stint as principal, Benadom served as a vice principal at School City, a student performance database company, and as director of technology for the Lennox School District.

“(Benadom) is a dynamic presence,” said Superintendent Jeff Baier. “She has solid experience in leading a very involved community. She is fluent in Spanish, which will serve her well at Almond School.”

Baier added that Benadom said she is very excited to come to Los Altos.

“We are thrilled to have her as part of our team,” he said. “She will add great value at Almond and will bring leadership to the district administrative team as well.”

The Gardner Bullis School community experienced its share of leadership changes this year.

After Principal Erica Gilbert departed at the beginning of the school year, the district hired Courtney Cadwell to take the helm. Mid-year, Cadwell took a leave of absence and retired former district Principal Linda Eckhols stepped in, serving through the end of April. Gardner Bullis kindergarten teacher Kate Goines is currently serving as interim principal through the end of the school year.

In the fall, Katie Kinnaman is slated to take over as principal of Gardner Bullis. Formerly a math and science lead teacher in the Palo Alto Unified School District, Kinnaman’s career in education began in 2005 and includes positions such as summer school administrator, second-grade teacher and math and science teacher at the junior-high level.

“(Kinnaman) has been watching the innovative education we have been delivering in the district and was excited to join the team,” Baier said. “She has a strong background in math and science, which will be great for our community. She has a fantastic knowledge of effective instruction and will be very valuable to the Gardner Bullis community.”

The principal-selection process included input at each school from panels of parents, teachers and administrators who interviewed the candidates.

The incoming principals are scheduled to meet with their new school communities before the end of the school year. Kinnaman is slated to visit Gardner Bullis May 31 and Benadom will visit Almond June 7.

“These are two terrific women who I think will thrive in the environment we have here,” Baier said. “During the interview process, they both spoke passionately about students and learning – which is what we are all about.”

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