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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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Letters to the Editor

Supporting merchants brings ‘reward’

With the downtown association promoting shopping and dining in Los Altos versus visiting neighboring towns, I was “rewarded” with a $54.50 punishment ($81.75 if you pay after 30 days) by the guy who zooms around town marking cars with white chalk.

Does this make sense?

Common sense is very uncommon when it comes to this “reward” for supporting the town’s merchants.

The city should spend my tax money more wisely than paying a salary to a guy whose work is absolutely useless and counterproductive.

Lina Broydo

Los Altos Hills

Drivers beware: No U-turns downtown

Lately, it seems as though every time I come downtown I see someone, usually in a large SUV, making an illegal U-turn in the middle of Main Street to get to a parking spot on the other side of the street. This is a real hazard for the other drivers and pedestrians alike, not to mention totally illegal.

Last week I was pulling out of a parking spot by Starbucks and a woman in a huge SUV stopped on the other side of the double line and put on her left blinker, signaling that she was going to make a U-turn into my parking space. She backed up all the traffic on Main through the Second Street intersection. I rolled down my window and pointed to the double line and said she couldn’t do that, that it was illegal. She drove off in a huff, clearly furious with me.

I hate to suggest it, but since we can’t have a constant police presence handing out tickets, maybe the city should put up signs saying “No U-turns Allowed.” Signs like this won’t add to the ambience of our beautiful town, but they would alleviate some of the congestion.

Judith Bragg

Los Altos

‘Stand Your Ground’ not part of trial

Regarding Grace Acosta’s column on the George Zimmerman trial (“Neither guilty nor innocent,” July 24): She has every right to her opinion, even though she acknowledges that she didn’t follow the trial carefully and listened to summaries by legal analysts and journalists.

She believes that the verdict was probably correct and goes on to elaborate quite eloquently about and criticize the American Legislative Exchange Council and the Florida Stand Your Ground law that she said was the legal justification for Zimmerman’s actions.

My only objective is to set the record straight. I can’t fault Ms. Acosta’s personal conclusion, because she based her premise on statements from likewise uninformed legal analysts and journalists. The problem is that those analysts and journalists had it entirely wrong either deliberately or through ineptness about the Stand Your Ground law in the trial. It was never invoked by the defense or the prosecution, and therefore was never an issue or even mentioned during the trial.

Her false premise unfortunately detracts from the credibility of the rest of her comments. She only served to perpetuate erroneous reporting from CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, mainstream media analysts and journalists who weighed in with their “expert” opinions and misinformation.

Bill Boos

Menlo Park

‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’

In the latest assault against the beleaguered residents of Fallen Leaf Lane, the proponents of the Stevens Creek Trail and their consultant (with the support of our representative) have foisted a new scheme to transform this quiet residential street into a “quasi-suitable” trail connector.

Perhaps clouded under the veil of a “feasibility study” with the prospect of free government money with ties and no worldly boundaries, these wizards feel they can denigrate and dismiss the valid concerns of residents over safety/security/land misuse and community impact. Like the “Wizard of Oz,” the munchkins mustn’t see behind the curtain.

One newly misplaced idea for repurposing this street makes automobile travel lanes and parking lanes narrower for residents, while painting a 6-foot yellow pedestrian strip in the street. Yes, a painted “sidewalk” in the street.

Not surprisingly, the affected neighborhood overwhelmingly opposes this “yellow brick road” and the obsession to change our neighborhood/community.

In south Los Altos, perhaps to the dismay of our city officials, we oppose the promulgated urbanization and such unwanted infrastructure as sidewalks, streetlights, etc.

Borrowing from Elton John’s song “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” we do know where our future lies – beyond the yellow brick road.

Jo Kozak

Los Altos

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