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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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New MVHS principal comes with high praise


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The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District is scheduled to vote on the appointment of Dave Grissom as the new principal of Mountain View High School at Tuesday’s board of trustees meeting.

Keith Moody, the school’s current principal, transitions to the position of director of Adult Education at the end of the school year after serving 10 years as a site administrator.

A reception for staff and parents to welcome Grissom to the community is scheduled 3-4 p.m. Thursday in the Mountain View High Library.

Grissom has been an educator for 19 years, with the majority of his career spent in the Santa Clara Unified School District. Most recently, he served as principal of the more than 1,800-student Santa Clara High School, included on this year’s U.S. News & World Report ranking of the top U.S. high schools. He was appointed principal at Santa Clara High in 2007, following five years as assistant principal.

A 17-member committee comprising district administrators, teachers, classified staff, parents and students selected Grissom from a pool of 51 applicants from throughout the state.

“Dave Grissom exudes commitment, character and has the big-picture sense required to be successful in running a large, comprehensive high school,” said Brad Syth, assistant superintendent of Santa Clara Unified. “Dave brings a wealth of administrative experience and knowledge in secondary education, from athletics to discipline, curriculum and instruction. He is recognized by his peers for his expertise in all these areas.”

Santa Clara Unified Superintendent Bobbie Plough added her support.

“Dave brings a breadth and depth of knowledge and experience that is hard to find among secondary educators,” she said. “First and foremost, he has a sound pedagogical background. Specifically, I offer the example that within a core subject area he has taught courses designed for English Learners as well as Advanced Placement students. In short, he has a thorough understanding of what it takes to build a strong academic program in a comprehensive high school. In summary, Mr. Grissom is simply one of the best.”

Grissom and his wife, Christine, have been married 19 years and have two children, Ryan, 14, and Connor, 10.

“I cannot adequately express how thrilled I am to be joining the Mountain View High School community,” Grissom said. “I have always been extremely impressed with the students and staff that I have come into contact with from Mountain View, and to now be a member of that community is an absolute dream come true. I am truly honored with being named principal at Mountain View. I look forward to working with the staff and parents to ensure the best education possible for our students.”

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