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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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LAH council rejects pressure to drop Lehigh brief


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The Los Altos Hills City Council last week rebuffed a request by Lehigh Southwest Cement Co. to end its participation in an amicus brief filed by Bay Area for Clean Environment.

Despite hearing from a representative from Lehigh Southwest Cement Co., the Los Altos Hills City Council stood by its decision to join an amicus curiae brief filed by Bay Area for Clean Environment (BACE).

The brief requested a repeal of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors’ decision allowing Lehigh to grow its operations without oversight. If the ruling stands, the council is concerned that health and environmental consequences might follow.

Disregarding what Councilman Rich Larsen defined as “officious scare tactics” by Lehigh representative John Bruno, councilmembers not only reaffirmed their support for the appeal, but also approved a budget of up to $7,500 for their share of legal fees.

Bruno accused BACE of operating on an expired state license and the city of Cupertino of a possible ethical conflict if its council voted to support the amicus brief.

“It’s baseless,” said Bruno of the appeal against the county’s decision. “You enjoy a good working relationship with the county, and this doesn’t seem like the best course of action.”

“‘Do you really want to go against the supervisors? You have such a good relationship with them,’” echoed Los Altos Hills resident Jitze Couperus, quoting Bruno’s statements. “This is a not-so-clearly-veiled warning.”

Dispelling any concerns of possible repercussions, Los Altos Hills City Attorney Steven Mattas noted that the aforementioned issues “do not affect (the council’s) ability to support or not support this legal brief.”

Mayor Gary Waldeck rebutted Bruno’s characterization of BACE, noting that the organization’s state license was up to date.

Citing Los Altos City Councilwoman Megan Satterlee’s hesitance to endorse the brief, Los Altos Hills Councilwoman Courtenay C. Corrigan wavered on her initial support. In response, Waldeck noted that Satterlee ultimately supported the brief because it was the only recourse available to prevent unrestricted future quarry development.

Although Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian was invited to two council meetings to discuss the county supervisors’ decision, he did not respond to requests, according to Waldeck.

Larsen suggested that town voters might attract the supervisors’ attention even if the brief did not.

“The real point is to send a message to the supervisors,” he said. “We’re talking about several thousands (of voters). … This is the real power of this action.”

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