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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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News Briefs

Joint meeting plans prove BCS location a hot potato

The Los Altos City Council reluctantly vetted two requests to wade into the schools fray at its Oct. 8 meeting. A joint meeting scheduled Tuesday with the Los Altos Hills City Council may include discussion on how the cities might assist in negotiations between the Los Altos School District and Bullis Charter School.

“I’m not sure that we can have a productive, a fruitful, conversation on this,” Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins said. “I just don’t know what the advantage is of interjecting ourselves.”

Councilwoman Megan Satterlee noted that a separate committee was already pursuing site options for Bullis Charter School, echoing skepticism as to the role the council would play.

Councilmembers requested that if the issue is placed on the agenda, it should be scheduled after all other items have been resolved – likely curtailing conversation if the meeting is capped at one hour as planned.

Other items placed on the joint cities meeting agenda include shared funding for a new community and senior center, a joint sewer agreement, sidewalk construction on West Edith Avenue between Foothill Expressway and Cypress Drive and a proposal for a crossing guard to improve safety at the intersection.

Councilmembers also discussed an upcoming meeting with the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees. The council acceded to the district’s suggestion that they discuss skateable art, staggered start and end times at the Egan Junior High and Blach Intermediate school campuses, improving related traffic backups and a report on bike-to-school and walk-to-school programs.

The joint public meeting, not yet scheduled, will include two members of the Los Altos City Council and two officials from the Los Altos School District.

Councilwoman Val Carpenter suggested adding discussion of a school site for Bullis Charter School, but the idea didn’t win wide acceptance. Satterlee described raising the issue as akin to tossing a hand grenade.

MROSD receives award for environmental service

The Santa Clara County Chapter of the League of Conservation Voters is scheduled to honor the Los Altos-based Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District at its 20th annual Environmental Awards. The fundraising event is slated 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 23 at a private home in Monte Sereno.

MROSD will receive an award recognizing its 40 years of environmental service.

Founded by voter support in Santa Clara in 1972, MROSD’s mission is to protect the region’s green foothills. Portions of San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties later became a part of the district with the goal to create a regional greenbelt with other environmental agencies.

The district now spans 550 square miles and includes 17 cities and unincorporated areas, 62,000 acres of open space and more than 250 miles of trails.

Tickets to the awards are a $50 donation.

For reservations and more information, visit scclcv.org.

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