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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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News Briefs

Juice ends on Main St.

The former home of Jamba Juice in Los Altos remains vacant for now. Property owner Bart Nelson said he’s actively seeking a new, “larger” tenant for the property, suggesting that A.G. Ferrari might not continue to occupy its spot in the corner building at 275 Main St. The third occupant of the building, Los Altos Pharmacy, was purchased by Safeway last year and will move to the new Safeway under construction on First Street.

Suspects lead police on chase through Los Altos

Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Officers assumed that they were making a routine traffic stop after they witnessed a car with passengers not wearing seatbelts completing an illegal U-turn on Foothill Expressway at Homestead Road shortly after midnight Sept. 12.

But when the 1998 gold Toyota Camry abruptly turned onto a residential street in Los Altos instead of coming to a stop, alarm bells sounded.

According to Capt. Ken Binder, three of the six passengers in the vehicle suddenly fled into an adjacent residential area of Los Altos, resulting in a manhunt that included members of the Los Altos Police Department, who formed a perimeter on the edges of the search area.

Sheriff’s deputies eventually apprehended five of the six passengers. A canine unit conducted a yard-to-yard search for the final passenger – but to no avail.

Binder added that at least one neighbor aided in the search by providing tips to officers at the scene.

Deputies later found two loaded handguns in the car, including one that was stolen, after the suspects’ arrest.

According to Binder, authorities believe the suspects may be connected to a residential shooting in San Jose that occurred the day before.

The suspects – all of them San Jose residents – range in age from 18 to 21 and were arrested on charges of resisting arrest, possession of stolen property and possession of firearms.

Investigators continue to search for the lone suspect still at large.

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