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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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Spunky Spartans


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Anthony Avery is the new quarterback for Mountain View High, moving from the receiver position he played the past two seasons.

Depleted but not defeated. That could be the mantra for this year’s Mountain View High football team.

The Spartans lack players – between 28 and 30 are expected to make varsity – but not determination, according to new head coach Shelley Smith.

“The kids have spunk and character, and we can compete if we have the right mindset,” he said. “The biggest thing is that they believe in what we’re trying to do.”

It’s yet to be seen if Mountain View’s aptitude can match its attitude. The Spartans, set to open the season at home against Burlingame 3:30 p.m. Friday, have few players with varsity experience. The roster includes 10 to 12 returnees, Smith estimated, and a handful of first-year players.

Quarterback Anthony Avery isn’t new to the team, but he is new to the position. The senior started at wide receiver the past two years. He now finds himself throwing passes instead of catching them after last year’s varsity and frosh-soph quarterbacks transferred (senior Will Fischer-Colbrie to St. Francis; sophomore Kyle Gounod to Los Altos).

“He’s never played quarterback before, but he’s working real hard,” said Smith, who intimated that Mountain View would take advantage of Avery’s athleticism.

Jake Butters is tabbed to start at fullback, linebacker and punter. The senior captain “is the ultimate team player,” Smith said, “and like a coach on the field.”

Two juniors are sharing carries at halfback – Austin Johnson and Isaiah Jackson, who start in the defensive backfield as well.

“Austin is one of our best all-around players and we’ll count on him a lot,” Smith said. “Isaiah is pretty quick, but not real big.”

Frank Kapp, last year’s starting tight end, “will play all over the place,” the coach said. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound junior is expected to see snaps at tight end, offensive tackle and defensive end.

Dylan Fluckinger, a 6-foot, 225-pound junior who transferred from Montana, is working at center, linebacker and defensive line. Other linemen who have impressed Smith include offensive guard Kris Reddy (6-1, 220 pounds) and offensive tackle/defensive end Matt McCarthy (6-1, 220), both juniors.

The coach also spoke highly of senior linebacker Brandon Swift and junior cornerback Jonathan Martinez, a first-year player.

With Avery moving under center, Mountain View has little experience at receiver. Senior Jorge Hernandez, also the backup quarterback, joins juniors Nico Mayoral and Peter Snelgrove as candidates to replace Avery as the go-to receiver.

Like several of their teammates, Hernandez and Snelgrove will pull double-duty, starting on defense as well (at safety and linebacker, respectively). Smith said 10 or 11 Spartans would play both ways.

The coach is aware of the toll that could take on the team, particularly when Mountain View gets into league. The Spartans play in the daunting SCVAL De Anza Division, in which they went 1-6 last year.

“We have to plan practices to handle the situation,” Smith said. “We have to be efficient, but not wear them out.”

Mountain View’s league slate includes a brutal stretch of games against perennial playoff teams.

“We play the big four all in a row,” Smith said, referring to Los Gatos, Wilcox, Palo Alto and Milpitas. “It’s like going through the meat grinder.”

The coach noticed something else about this year’s schedule.

“It seems like we’re playing in the homecoming game for a lot of our opponents,” Smith said. “But I don’t mind being the underdog in this thing – it’s a good position. The expectations on the team are high, but we’d rather lay low.”


2013 preseason football: Mountain View High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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