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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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Food-truck restrictions not necessary: Editorial

The Los Altos City Council, at the behest of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, directed staff to draft an ordinance that prohibits food trucks from operating near Los Altos High School. The rationale, from the district’s point of view, is that the trucks offer junk food, defying the district’s efforts to fight poor student diets and obesity.

We respect the district’s commitment to support healthful eating, but an ordinance that would require a food truck to move 100 feet away from where it currently operates (as is the city of Mountain View’s requirement at Mountain View High) seems like it would have little impact beyond simply wasting council and staff time in drafting the proposal.

As reported in last week’s Town Crier article by Eliza Ridgeway, lunch programs in place at Los Altos High offer relatively inexpensive, nutritious food. Opinions on whether the food is satisfying differ from student to student, but there is considerable effort to provide choices and keep costs down. Government subsidies help make food available to all, regardless of financial means. They’ve even eliminated those specially marked lunch cards that could cause embarrassment for low-income students whose lunches are subsidized. Rich or poor, all students have access to the cafeteria.

Still, we’re a free country – and the high school is an open campus, with students free to leave in search of lunch alternatives. Certainly, time is a factor, but if students want to patronize a food truck, Carl’s Jr. or Spot Pizza, that’s their prerogative. We just don’t see student choices varying much if a food truck were required to move 100 feet down the road. In terms of fairness, targeting the food truck affects only those students who want an off-campus dining option but are poor and don’t own a car.

The only rationale we see for a food-truck ordinance is the impact on residential neighbors. If the noise, traffic and trash from food-truck service become quality-of-life problems for surrounding homeowners, then a restrictive law makes sense. But it only makes sense if the trucks move completely out of the neighborhood, not a mere 100 feet as in Mountain View.

The solution for a healthier student community does not lie in moving a food truck out of the neighborhood. It’s about awareness, knowing that choices have consequences. Students have that knowledge and are more aware than ever. The rest is up to them.

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