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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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Taking care of business The changing face of downtown Los Altos


L ongtime Los Altos residents have seen downtown businesses come and go over the years, but 2013 is particularly bustling with activity.

From January through July, 11 new businesses opened downtown, while 10, including three pop-up shops, closed, according to city of Los Altos records. At least nine permanent shops and pop-up businesses are scheduled to open in coming months.

To keep readers informed, the Town Crier offers an up-to-date map of new downtown businesses.

New and soon-to-open businesses

1. Ambience, 132 State St.

2. The Makery, 170 State St.

3. Red Racer Hobby Shop, 170 State St.

4. The Alley (opening in the fall), 170 State St.

5. Green Cleaners, 201 State St.

6. Gift Xperience, 237 State St.

7. SFMOMA, 242 State St.1

8. Helix, 320 State St.1

9. Squirt The Juice Bar (opening in the fall), 325 State St.

10. Gallery Outer Space, 359 State St.2

11. The Botanist, 363 State St.2

12. Atelier Gray, 358 State St.

13. Know Knew Books (opening in October), 366 State St.

14. Sirena Scena Salon (relocated from 355 First St.), 75 Main St.

15. Redberry Coffee (opening in the fall), 145 Main St.

16. Paperwhirl (relocating from 235 First St.), 151 Main St.

17. Slingshot Power, 164 Main St.

18. Lisa’s Tea Treasures (opening in the fall), 167 Main St.

19. Pendleton Woolen Mills (opening in the fall), 231 Main St.

20. Queens Dance Studio, 331 First St.

21. Voyageur du Temps Bakery and Café (opening in early 2014), 288 First St.

22. Momentum Cycling, 149 Second St.

Closed businesses

Alabasta, 366 State St.

Aurobora, 359 State St.2

Beausejour, 170 State St.

Christian, 363 State St.2

Curves, 149 Second St.

Design & Interiors, 151 Main St.2

Estatements Luxury Consignment, 331 First St.

Europeon Hair Salon, 75 Main St.

Lussori, 231 Main St.

Pure Cleaners, 201 State St.

2013 by the numbers

• Businesses opened: 11

• Businesses closed: 10

• Businesses opening soon: 9

• Businesses relocating: 2

1. Temporary business

2. Pop-up shop

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