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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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Local school's crossing guard arrested for burglary


Los Altos Police arrested a Loyola School crossing guard last week for allegedly stealing three laptops from a classroom.

Police arrested San Jose resident Nathaniel Burpee, 24, Thursday for burglary, possession of stolen property and resisting arrest – he apparently didn’t go willingly. Spotted by police at a bus stop on El Camino Real, Burpee reportedly led police on a brief foot chase. Burpee was on parole at the time of his arrest and was booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail.

Fred Bridgewater, spokesman for the California Department of Corrections’ Regional Parole Division, told the Town Crier that Burpee was on parole for burglary at the time of his arrest. Bridgewater did not provide any additional details on Burpee’s previous burglary arrest.

According to Los Altos Police Sgt. Cameron Shearer, last week’s chain of events leading to Burpee’s arrest began when a Loyola teacher found him in a classroom earlier in the day. When questioned about his presence in the classroom, Burpee allegedly told the teacher that he was meeting a school administrator there. A short time later, Shearer said, the teacher discovered three laptops missing from the classroom and contacted police at approximately 9 a.m.

After interviewing the teacher at the scene, investigators contacted Burpee’s supervisor, who told police that Burpee made contact and wanted to return some items he took from the school – albeit without police involvement. Police, in turn, issued a be-on-the-lookout bulletin for Burpee to officers in the field and neighboring agencies.

Less than two hours after school officials contacted authorities, a Los Altos Police officer spotted Burpee at the bus stop in front of Whole Foods Market on El Camino Real, Shearer said. Upon spotting police – including those from Mountain View assisting at the scene – Burpee took off on foot, according to Shearer. He added that officers chased the suspect through a construction site on Sherwood Avenue before apprehending him, but not before “a brief struggle.”

Background checks

In May, the Los Altos City Council approved a new two-year contract agreement with All City Management Services (ACMS), the agency responsible for vetting and supplying crossing guards to the city since 2007. The city and the Los Altos School District jointly fund the program at a shared cost of approximately $120,000 per year.

According to a staff report on the contract agreement, services that ACMS provides to the city include “recruitment, background clearance, hiring, training, payroll, supervision and program management.”

A call to ACMS seeking comment on Burpee’s arrest was not returned before the Town Crier’s press deadline.

Burpee appears to be related to Todd David Burpee, who in 2009 was convicted of kidnapping and assaulting a Gunn High School student two years earlier. A 2006 Palo Alto Weekly article on Todd Burpee referenced his younger brother, Nate Burpee; both men graduated from Palo Alto high schools.

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