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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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Pedaling a new service : Bike Share promotes alternative transportation


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Bike Share stations are strategically placed throughout Mountain View to offer local residents and visitors, particularly commuters, an alternative to driving.

Approximately two-dozen mint-green bikes glisten in the morning sun in front of the Mountain View Caltrain Station as pedestrians scurry to complete their commutes. The new Bay Area Bike Share bicycles are waiting for riders to give them a quick spin around town.

Launched Aug. 29, Bay Area Bike Share – an $11.2 million publicly funded pilot program administered and funded by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) in partnership with the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority – introduced 91 bikes to the streets of Mountain View via five docking stations. Strategically placed in areas adjacent to public transit and major business and residential hubs, Bike Share stations are located at the Mountain View and San Antonio Caltrain stations, Mountain View City Hall, the Evelyn Avenue Park & Ride and the intersection of Rengstorff Avenue and California Street.

At least two more docking stations are slated for construction in Mountain View by the end of the year. BAAQMD has submitted permit applications for four or five stations that would be installed during Phase 2 of the project, scheduled for early 2014.

BAAQMD adopted the project to reduce the number of bikes on public transportation by offering commuters an alternative to reach their destinations after disembarking from their primary modes of transportation. When the Bay Area Bike Share pilot program is completed, a total of 1,000 bikes will be available throughout 100 stations across the Bay Area.

Local residents may also use the Bike Share network as an alternative to driving for quick errands. At a cost of $9 per day, $22 for three days or $88 annually, the passes include unlimited rides under 30 minutes. If a rider fails to return the bike to a docking station on schedule, he or she pays a fee of $4 for every extra half-hour, up to $150 a day. With the system’s phone application, CycleFinder, users can check on the availability of bikes and parking spots at any station in the system in real time.

According to BAAQMD Grants Programs Manager Karen Schkolnick, the public’s initial reaction to the new Bike Share system has been resoundingly positive.

“Overall, it’s been very well received, and there seems to be a lot of support for this in the community,” she said. “We’re working to see how we can make sure that people who might be interested can engage in the program.”

Although no Bike Share docking stations are currently planned in Los Altos or Los Altos Hills, Schkolnick said the pilot could become a blueprint for future growth to service a wider audience.

For more information, visit bayareabikeshare.com.

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