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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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Los Altos siblings sweep Hobie Cat Youth Championships


Courtesy of Dafna Brown
The Brown brothers – Nate, left, and Ben, right – often race against each other but competed together in a regatta last year at the F18 World Championships.

Sailing siblings Nate and Ben Brown of Los Altos finished one-two at the Hobie Cat Youth North American Championships, held July 30 through Aug. 1 at Huntington Lake.

Nate – a Pinewood School graduate entering his sophomore year at Chapman University – and crew member Ryan Lee, 9, claimed the regatta by winning six of the 12 races in the series. Ben, in his senior year at Pinewood, and crew member Casey Larson of Iowa followed closely behind to earn the silver medal.

Because this was the final year Nate could race in the Youth Championships, it was his last chance to settle a score with his younger brother. In 2011, 14-year-old Ben took the title by narrowly beating his brother in a comeback tiebreaker on the last day of the championships in Ocean Springs, Miss.

“In Mississippi, Nate dominated the first two days but fell apart the last day, and it was actually kind of heartbreaking to see him lose,” Ben said. “But this year, he was consistent the whole regatta, and I’m really proud of him and happy for him.”

The championships featured teams from throughout the country, including New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Iowa, Washington and Oregon.

Next up for the brothers: the U.S. Multihull Championship, an all-ages event that brings together the top sailors in the country to race on the San Francisco Bay. On the last day of the regatta, scheduled Sept. 4-7, races will be held in San Francisco as the opening act for the America’s Cup finals that begin the same day.

“It’s exciting to have such an incredible event virtually in our backyard,” Nate said. “Sailing normally does not get this sort of publicity, but with the changes they’ve made to the Cup this year, thousands of fans are able to watch live from shore or even on YouTube, and being able to sail in front of those fans is a once-in-a- lifetime opportunity.”

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