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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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Sports on the Side

Soccer program starts

The MVLA Soccer Club’s development academy program, led by Coach Ken, is scheduled to kick off this week at Hillview Field in Los Altos. Clinics run 3:30-4:30 p.m. (ages 5-6) and 4:30-5:30 p.m. (ages 7-9) Fridays, through Nov. 22. Cost is $200. To register and for more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Take a hike

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District has scheduled a hike 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 12 at Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve, which borders Los Altos and Cupertino. Led by docents Ed North and Kate Gudmundson, the vigorous 8-mile hike follows the PG&E, Upper High Meadow, High Meadow and Coyote trails. There is no fee to participate or park. For more information, visit open- space.org/activities.

Swing for the Oaks

The 10th annual Tony Makjavich Memorial Golf Tournament, a fundraiser for the Palo Alto Oaks semipro baseball team, is scheduled 1:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at Shoreline Golf Links in Mountain View. Los Altos High graduate Steve Espinoza is the team’s general manager. He played for the Oaks under Makjavich, who ran the club for 50 years. Cost is $125; $150 after Sept. 15. To register and for more information, visit paoaks.com.

Swing for El Camino

The El Camino Hospital Foundation has scheduled its 18th annual El Camino Heritage Golf Tournament Oct. 21 at Ruby Hill Golf Club in Pleasanton. To register and for more information, call Kirsten Krimsley at 988-4189 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Coaches wanted

Los Altos High seeks head coaches for two varsity spring sports: gymnastics and boys tennis. Email resumes to athletic director Kim Cave at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Mountain View High seeks head coaches for two springs sports: track and field and frosh-soph baseball. If interested, contact athletic director Shelley Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Swim-team tryouts

The Los Altos Mountain View Aquatic Club has scheduled tryouts for the upcoming fall season 4:30-5:30 p.m. today through Thursday and Monday through Sept. 12 at Eagle Pool, 650 Franklin St., Mountain View. For more information, visit lamvac.org or call (408) 732-3432.

Tennis, anyone?

The Los Altos Tennis Club seeks new members. The long-standing club schedules several tennis matches through the year, along with charity and social events. If interested, email membership chairwoman Sherry Barba at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

CIF offers newsletter

The California Interscholastic Federation, the governing body for the state’s high school sports, issues a free monthly newsletter via email to keep parents/guardians of student-athletes informed of issues like safety, eligibility and upcoming events. To subscribe and for more information, visit cifstate.org/index.php/parents.

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