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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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Winning week for football teams

There were wins all around on the local football front last weekend. Los Altos and St. Francis highs remained undefeated, Pinewood School improved to 3-1 and Mountain View High earned its first win of the year.

Los Altos 49, San Lorenzo Valley 21

Running back Sean Lanoza scored five touchdowns in Saturday’s road victory, which boosted the Eagles’ record to 5-0. The junior racked up 119 yards and four scores on the ground and caught nine passes for 84 yards and a touchdown.

Coach Trevor Pruitt said Lanoza’s “ability to find the hole and hit it full speed is great (and) then when teams over-pursue him, he is able to find the cutback lane.”

Quarterback Lambie Lanman completed 26 of his 40 passes for 308 yards and two TDs. Receiver Victor Ruiz made 13 receptions for 184 yards and two scores.

Linebacker Josh Williams led the defense with 11 tackles.

Los Altos is scheduled to open SCVAL El Camino Division play 7:30 p.m. Friday at Homestead (0-1 league, 4-1 overall).

St. Francis 14, St. Ignatius 6

Ryan Johnson’s 54-yard touchdown pass to halfback Alex Andrighetto midway through the third quarter gave the visiting Lancers their first lead in Saturday’s West Catholic Athletic League opener, and they stayed on top. Running back Landon Baty extended St. Francis’ advantage with a 49-yard scoring scamper in the fourth quarter.

The Lancers (4-0 overall) are slated to host rival Bellarmine (0-1 league, 3-1 overall) 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Mountain View 13, Saratoga 7

Friday’s SCVAL De Anza Division opener wasn’t just Homecoming for Saratoga but also for Mountain View coach Shelley Smith, who coached at Saratoga the previous 11 years.

Smith’s Spartans won for the first time, getting a 22-yard TD pass from Anthony Avery to Frank Kapp and two field goals from Esteban Rivera.

Mountain View (1-3) is set to play its Homecoming game 3:15 p.m. Friday against Santa Clara.

Pinewood 78, NV Baptist 22

Aiden Lucero scored touchdowns on offense (three), defense (two) and special teams (one) for the Panthers in their rout of host North Valley Baptist Friday.

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