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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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Mtn. View Briefs

Teens on tap for Red Rock improv

The city of Mountain View Recreation Division and the Youth Advisory Committee have scheduled a free Teen Open Mic Night 7-9:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St.

Teens in sixth through 12th grade are invited to perform music, poetry, prose and more.

To sign up to perform, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or register the night of the event, space permitting.

For more information, call the recreation office at 903-6331 or visit mountainview.gov and select “Library, Arts, Parks & Rec,” then “Teen Services.”

Crittenden musicians enjoy new instruments

Students at Crittenden Middle School in Mountain View received a surprise from an unexpected source during their Thursday music assembly.

Fidelity Investments’ new Mountain View Investor Center, located at 2580 W. El Camino Real, donated $21,000 in new instruments to the school’s music program. The contribution supports Fidelity’s ongoing efforts to promote arts education in public schools.

Following a performance by the Crittenden orchestra and jazz band, a group from Fidelity presented the new instruments, including a baritone saxophone, a double French horn, two tenor saxophones, two violas, two cellos and five flutes.

The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation facilitated the donation.

Tennis program seeks volunteers

The Mountain View Police Activities League seeks high school volunteers to help run the NetGain Tennis Program for at-risk middle-schoolers.

Volunteers are needed to serve as mentors and coaches twice a week from late October through mid-December. The Police Activities League and the city of Mountain View Recreation Division run the after-school program.

To sign up and for more information, email Sam Mozer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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