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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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Letters to the Editor

Nutritious food benefits students

Not wishing to express myself with the same level of sarcasm and disrespect as Ron Knapp, I do find that I want to refer to his “bit of a rant” in the Sept. 18 Town Crier (“Let students decide what to eat for lunch”) a question: What planet have you been living on, Ron?

There has been a nationwide movement, backed and approved by parents and school districts all over our country, to serve more nutritious food. This has been concurrent with the removal of sugary soft drinks and candy machines from schools.

Ron, are you aware that the obesity rate among young people is soaring? Or that Diabetes 2 is increasing rapidly in the same age group – and not just in ghettos?

Yes, these may be young adults or any other student, and if they wish to bring junk-food lunches or go into town, no one is going to stop them.

Many students, as you point out, are 18, yet they are not allowed to smoke on campus. In years past, students were allowed to smoke at Los Altos High School and with changing times the rule was changed.

Healthful food, as viewed by your assessment, is “crappy food.” It is not just served at Los Altos High. This national movement is being espoused by educated people and parents who want the best for their children.

I wonder also about your statement that “vendors often have nutritious, tasty food, along with the sweets and snack food.” Can that be documented to any extent?

At times, I have heard these vehicles smilingly called “Roach Coaches.” My case rests.

Joan Mather

Los Altos

Writer of letter to editor earns a vote

Thank you for publishing the letter from Ron Knapp in the Sept. 18 Town Crier. Kindly let him know that as soon as he is ready to run for office (of any kind), he has my vote locked in.

Pam Adler

Los Altos

Mobile food vendors hurt local businesses

I agree with Ron Knapp’s letter (Sept. 18) that government should not be in the business of deciding what students should or should not eat. I also agree with Councilwoman Val Carpenter that an ordinance prohibiting mobile vendors within a certain distance from schools would not be effective.

However, Knapp, Carpenter and City Attorney Jolie Houston are missing a more important issue – how mobile vendors affect our local businesses.

We hear a lot about how Los Altos residents should support our local businesses. Allowing mobile vendors to park on our streets, take our money and then drive off to the next town is talking the talk but not walking the walk.

To allow someone who has no stake in our community, employs none of our locals, pays no rent and contributes nothing to our local government coffers to come in and take our money is wrong.

How many of our kids’ first jobs were at the Italian Deli, Spot Pizza, Miyo or so many other local businesses? It’s up to us to ensure their continued success.

Woody DeMayo

Los Altos Hills

Why should I support bond for charter school?

The Bullis Charter School controversy is now, apparently, at the “sit at the table and discuss” level. The intent appears to be to find common ground that will appeal to voters for a bond measure. There are two compelling questions that must be answered.

First: Why should I pay for a bond measure for a private school started under the premise of a “charter” school?

The premise and creation of a charter school was absurd, established by the excess money and legal bullying. Am I going to be asked to pay for a private charter school whose students may come from Los Altos Hills, Palo Alto, Menlo Atherton, Saratoga – all at my expense? Why should I do that? Apparently if I don’t, then funding comes directly out of the existing Los Altos School District funds. This is, in reality, an extortion situation. Nothing more. Nothing less.

Second: Any bond measure requires a premise of trust that funds acquired will be used as expected. Given the demonstrated behavior and coercion tactics of Bullis Charter School advocates, tell me why I should trust them with anything? Reality: There is no trust of Bullis’ motives.

I am quite willing to listen to Bullis Charter School advocates’ answers. You can first start by telling me why you really qualify as a charter school. Then tell me why you think I should pay for your school.

Bullis Charter School advocates should be ashamed of themselves for their reckless abuse of the legal system and acts of extortion.

Kurt Ayers

Los Altos

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