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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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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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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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Los Altos native goes from tech to fashion after the birth of her son


Ellie Van houtte/
Los Altos native Nicole Pollock, left, recently became a consultant for Carlisle along with her mother, Linda Oloff, right. The Class of 2000 Los Altos High graduate hosted her first trunk show in August. Town Crier

Nicole Pollock is lending a fashionable hand to busy Los Altos women trying to balance careers and motherhood. And with good reason – she’s one of them.

After a decade of working as a marketing and advertising professional for several local high-tech companies – including most recently in Google’s Commerce Division – Pollock recently changed professional gears and became a high-end fashion consultant for New York City-based Carlisle.

Pollock, a Class of 2000 Los Altos High graduate, said she made the career switch shortly after the birth of her son, Benjamin, now 10 months old. Her new role allows her to enjoy two vastly different roles simultaneously – mom and business owner.

“I really wanted to enjoy this special time in my life and put my attention into (Benjamin), but I still wanted to do something for me as well,” said Pollock, who began her new business earlier this summer. “I think it’s a constant battle for women when they start families to make that choice.”

Still, Pollock readily conceded that her new career choice requires plenty of support from those around her, including her husband. She also turned to another mom – her own – to provide a helping hand.

Together, Pollock and her mother, 20-year Los Altos resident Linda Oloff, hosted their first invitation-only trunk show in August. The event transformed Oloff’s Los Altos home into a weeklong fashion boutique for local moms and business professionals.

“If I’m going to be working hard on something and taking time away from my baby, I want it to be something I enjoy,” said Pollock, who drew inspiration to become a Carlisle consultant based on her mother-in-law’s 16 years as a consultant for the company. “Luckily, I have a lot of support. My mom helps me so much. She’s supportive – I couldn’t do it without her.”

Oloff, meanwhile, said her decision to join her daughter was multifaceted. The arrangement gave her the opportunity to spend more time with her daughter and grandson, while also supporting her daughter’s desire to have a career.

“She should have something of her own – and I’m happy to help her do that,” said Oloff of Pollock.

Forget the mall

Oloff and Pollock said they also recognized an unfilled need among busy Los Altos women. They determined to provide a relaxed, individually focused experience for those who simply don’t have the time or will to brave mall crowds.

“People in Los Altos – and the surrounding areas – don’t necessarily want to go to Valley Fair mall to go shopping,” Oloff said. “People want to be nearby because they don’t have a lot of time.”

Pollock said she aims to provide the personal touch by hand-delivering orders of garments to each customer’s home or workplace.

“We try to create an environment that people enjoy coming to and an experience people want to come back to. … It’s about the individual experience and that individual attention,” she said.

The duo noted that there’s also more to their business than simply trying to create an agreeable environment for customers. Carlisle’s garments offer high quality without department store markups, Pollock said. Carlisle garments, she added, are made from fabrics that originate from the same Italian mills as Prada, Valentino and Chanel lines.

“The clothing speaks for itself. You don’t have to be a salesperson,” said Oloff, who noted that the pair is slated to host a second trunk show Oct. 16-22.

Pollock said that while she’s hoping to see her business grow in the future, she’s focused on enjoying the time she has with Benjamin while simultaneously embarking on her new career.

“I’m working harder now than I did in the past 10 years, but I’m having fun and I’m enjoying it,” she said with a chuckle. “That’s the weirdest part of it all.”

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Local mom and daughter start home fashion business - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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