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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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National Night Out slated Tuesday


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Los Altos Police Officer Julie Ognoskie and K-9 Lord participate in last year’s National Night Out.

Numerous Los Altos residents will take to the streets Tuesday to fight crime – by throwing neighborhood block parties.

According to Josh Cottrell, Los Altos Police Department community services officer, at least 15 registered events are scheduled to mark the city’s 30th annual National Night Out. The national anticrime program aims to spread awareness, build community and strengthen relationships between residents and law enforcement. More than 1 million people in 9,700 communities in all 50 states participated last year.

“This is a great event for community building,” said Cottrell, who noted that this year’s tally of Los Altos neighborhood events is up slightly from last year’s, when residents collectively hosted 12 neighborhood parties. “In many cases, people meet with the police on some of the worst days of their lives. In this case, however, it’s a collaboration to fight crime.”

Los Altos Police Chief Tuck Younis noted that National Night Out enables residents to become more familiar with individual officers and learn how to establish neighborhood watch networks. The most common neighborhood events include potlucks, ice cream socials, barbecues and swim parties.

“The community is more likely to engage us if they know us on a more personal level,” Younis said. “National Night Out is the pinnacle of what we want to achieve as a community policing program.”

The chief explained that the department’s 30-plus sworn officers, dispatchers and administrative personnel will visit the various neighborhood events, introducing themselves to residents and addressing any questions to establish rapport. The goal, he said, is to build a community that serves as a willing partner in reporting crimes.

“We’re fortunate that we have a strong relationship with the public,” Younis said. “They’re the first ones to call when they see something suspicious, which is why we’re such a safe community. (National Night Out) just emphasizes those relationships.”

Younis added that the event also offers children an opportunity to meet and learn more about their local police department.

“(Children) need to know that officers are there to assist and protect them,” he said. “When we’re out of our patrol cars and we’re having some ice cream (at National Night Out) with them, they start to look at us in a completely different light.”

Younis said the city has eliminated its block-party permit fee, typically waived for the event, in an effort to encourage more residents to host events that build community and to participate in events such as National Night Out. Despite the fee waiver, residents are still required to file a permit application with the police department.

The registration deadline to host a National Night Out event has been extended to Monday for those interested in organizing a neighborhood event.

For information on hosting a National Night Out event, email Cottrell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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