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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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Eagles reach CCS semis in softball


Photo By: Town Crier file photo
Photo Town Crier File Photo

Tianna Vasquez had two hits in Los Altos High’s CCS quarterfinal win Saturday.

The Los Altos High softball team scored more than enough runs to win Saturday’s Central Coast Section Division II quarterfinal game, blanking Saratoga 6-0 at PAL Stadium in San Jose.

But the Eagles produced only six hits, and coach Tom Barrera indicated that probably wouldn’t be enough to win today’s semifinal contest.

“We still need to hit better to compete with Gilroy,” he said. “Gilroy always takes an aggressive hitting approach, and we’ll need to match their intensity.”

Fifth-seeded Los Altos (18-9-2) is scheduled to take on No. 8 Gilroy (17-12) 4:30 p.m. today at PAL, with the winner returning to the stadium Saturday to play for the championship.

Barrera might be concerned with the Eagles’ offense, but he had no complaints about their defense in Saturday’s victory over No. 4 Saratoga (23-5). Los Altos didn’t commit an error and freshman pitcher Lizzy Beutter allowed just three hits.

“Defensively, the girls played their best game this year,” the coach said.

Infielder Tianna Vasquez made perhaps the best defensive play of the game. After snaring a ball that took a bounce just above second base, the senior touched second and spun 360 degrees as she threw to first to complete the double play.

“It was a real highlight moment,” Barrera said.

Vasquez contributed at the plate as well, getting two hits.

After scoring its first run in the second inning and adding another in the fifth, Los Altos broke the game open with a four-run sixth.

The Eagles erupted for six runs in the fifth frame of their previous game, a 10-0 rout of Branham. Host Los Altos notched 14 hits in the May 15 playoff opener, three from Nikki Klepper. Beutter earned the win, limiting 12th-seeded Branham (15-13) to just two hits.

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