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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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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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LAH Council Briefs

Following are highlights from the July 15 Los Altos Hills City Council meeting.

The next meeting is slated 6 p.m. August 15 at town hall, 26375 W. Fremont Road.

Town amends sewer agreement

Although the city of Los Altos installed sewer meters after signing a 2007 sewer agreement with the town of Los Altos Hills, malfunctioning meters have brought the two cities back to the table to determine a better way to measure sewer discharge flow.

According to Richard Chiu, Los Altos Hills engineering and public works director, the town plans to meet with officials from Los Altos this month to propose an amendment to the current agreement. Chiu said Los Altos Hills officials will recommend that the city change its method of measurement to a uniform rate of 300 gallons of flow per day for each unit – a figure consistent with a previous town study and numbers used for sewer discharge in Los Altos.

Council approves sewer-tax collection

In an annual procedure required by Santa Clara County, councilmembers adopted a resolution that allows the county to collect delinquent sewer taxes and property taxes for home sewer connections.

Residents with a sewer connection will be charged a use fee for an average amount of $733 – a rate that has not changed since 2007 – on their 2013-2014 tax bill. The tax is expected to generate approximately $1.3 million for the town’s sewer fund.

Fremont Hills Country Club receives green light

Councilmembers unanimously approved site-development and conditional-use permits for an 830-square-foot fitness center addition at Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place.

The permits were granted despite objections from the town’s Planning Commission and residents, who raised concerns about potential parking overflow onto residential streets during swim meets and the impact of bright pool lighting on the neighborhood.

Upon notice of noncompliance with town code for the pool lighting, the club replaced the lights with code-conforming fixtures. Aware of the parking problem, a club representative expressed willingness to cooperate with the town to coordinate parking solutions for large events.

“These folks are good neighbors of the town,” Councilmember Rich Larsen said. “Yes, they may spill onto Viscaino Place during swim meets, but when we have baseball games and town picnics, we (overflow) into their parking lot.”

– Ellie Van Houtte

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