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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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Police Blotter

Crew raises stink over porta-potty

Los Altos police last week responded to a spat between construction contractors that started over the use of a porta-potty and ended when one worker maliciously threw a sledgehammer at another man.

The incident began when a construction contractor’s white Ford Ranger pickup pulled up in front of a job site on the 1800 block of Robles Ranch Road. A passenger quickly exited the truck to use a porta-potty stationed at the site but was admonished moments later by an on-site worker for not obtaining permission first.

Police noted that while the passenger apologized, the truck’s driver began yelling at the on-site worker for scolding his acquaintance. The argument became more heated and the driver eventually reached into the truck bed and picked up a 5-pound sledgehammer, while the worker simultaneously reached for a carpenter’s hammer. The driver heaved the sledgehammer in the worker’s direction – missing his target – before jumping in the truck and driving hurriedly away from the scene.

The on-site worker subsequently contacted police, who are now seeking to identify the driver.

Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call the Los Altos Police Department at 947-2770.

MVPD arrest three connected to scam

The Mountain View Police Department’s Crimes Against Persons Unit last week made three arrests in connection with a series of armed robberies that occurred earlier this year on Tyrella Avenue.

Police arrested Mountain View resident Nazario Cruz along with a juvenile after serving a warrant on the 50 block of Evandale Avenue.

In addition, police arrested Jose Urias after issuing a warrant on the 300 block of East O’Keefe Street in East Palo Alto.

The three suspects were taken into custody without incident, a department spokesman said.

“We have been working diligently on this case since the original incident in May of this year,” said Mountain View Detective Kevin Galloway. “This case was non-trivial and required us to really strategize how we were going to uncover these suspects, who were extremely brazen in their tactics.”

According to police, the suspects posed online as females seeking blind dates. The scam included a request by the supposed female to have the victims supply a large amount of cash so that they could watch her roll around in it. The scheme lured male victims to a designated meeting place, where two men robbed them, one of whom was believed to be in possession of a firearm.

There were three confirmed incidents of robbery using the scam in Mountain View, Galloway said.

Anyone with information on the case is urged to call Galloway at 903-6150, ext. 6624.

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