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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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LAH Council Preview

The Los Altos Hills City Council is scheduled to meet 6 p.m. Thursday at town hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road. Following is a roundup of items on the agenda.

Private roads deemed public

Following recent council discussion of the town’s responsibility for 138 private roads in Los Altos Hills, town staff have determined that at least 16 streets previously labeled private roads are actually public roads. An additional three streets were deemed partially public, and eight others require further research from the county to determine their status.

Although Los Altos Hills is not liable for failure to maintain private roads now considered public roads until they are officially accepted into the town’s city street system, if approved for inclusion by the council, the town will become responsible for maintenance.

Private streets now considered public include: Beatrice Lane, Briones Court, Christophers Lane, Country Way, Laurel Lane, Moody Springs Court, Normandy Lane, Olive Tree Court, Olive Tree Lane, Oneonta Drive, Rhoda Drive, Robleda Court, Templeton Place, Todd Lane, Tripoli Court and Willow Pond Lane. Private streets now considered partially public include Adobe Lane, Almaden Court and Miraloma Way.

If the council passes a resolution making the streets public, town staff will assess their current conditions and propose a five-year budget plan for capital improvements.

Upgrades proposed for Westwind arena

The council will review a proposal that calls for up to $57,000 in repairs to Westwind Community Barn’s lower arena, which has gone without any major maintenance since 2008.

Town staff noted that the base of the 20,000-square-foot riding arena has degraded to sandy material, and users are submitting complaints about the facility’s condition. If new base footing is installed, it is expected to last 10 years if properly maintained.

Funding for the project is available in the 2013-2014 town budget, according to the staff report.

Council to review investment report

Following the close of the fiscal year June 30, Los Altos Hills City Manager Carl Cahill asked the council to review and accept the town’s quarterly investment report. Cahill is responsible for investing town funds in accordance with rules set by the California Government Code for municipal governments.

According to the report, the town currently holds an investment portfolio of approximately $9.66 million, divided among the State Treasurer’s Local Agency Investment Fund, the California Asset Management Program and the Comerica Securities CD Program. The report noted that the town pursues a passive investment strategy that allows sufficient liquidity to provide for 10 months of town expenditures.

The town invested approximately 96 percent of its portfolio in U.S. Treasuries last year, yielding an overall return rate of 0.19 percent.

– Ellie Van Houtte

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