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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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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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City's economic development manager on the move

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Kathy Kleinbaum, the city's economic development manager, serves her final day on the job this week.

Los Altos Economic Development Manager Kathy Kleinbaum is leaving her post with the city in a bid to work closer to home.

Kleinbaum confirmed last week that she resigned from her position, which she has held for nearly two years, to serve as senior management analyst for the city of San Mateo. Kleinbaum’s final day is Thursday.

“I’ve had a really great experience working here,” said Kleinbaum, who among other assignments served as a liaison between the city and its business community. “The city of Los Altos has a very competent and professional staff.”

Kleinbaum told the Town Crier that while she has enjoyed her time working in Los Altos, her decision to leave stems from a desire to work closer to her Burlingame home. She added that her new position – and its shorter commute time – would allow her to spend more time with her young twin daughters.

Kleinbaum said her new position is more closely aligned with her professional background and allows her “the opportunity to work on issues of broader regional significance.”

The New York City native earned an undergraduate degree in earth systems/land management from Stanford University and a master’s degree in city and regional planning from UC Berkeley.

During her relatively short stay in Los Altos, Kleinbaum said she’s particularly proud of her work on the recently approved Downtown Parking Management Plan and the city’s new Wayfinding Sign Program.

Kleinbaum also played a lead role in an outreach effort to residents and businesses ahead of the single-use plastic-bag ban, enacted earlier this summer. Her efforts to secure grant funds led to the installation of electric-vehicle charging stations in downtown Parking Plaza 7 and the Los Altos Civic Center. Kleinbaum also worked with local commercial real estate brokers to recruit commercial tenants to the city.

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