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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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Mtn. View Briefs

MV selects new economic manager

The city of Mountain View appointed Alejandro (Alex) Andrade economic development manager, effective Sept. 20. Andrade replaces Ellis M. Berns, Mountain View’s long-serving economic development manager, who retired at the close of 2012.

“Alex’s experience has given him a unique range of skills that will greatly benefit Mountain View,” said City Manager Dan Rich. “Economic development is important to the city’s fiscal sustainability. I am confident that Alex will be able to build strong relationships with the business community.”

Andrade brings more than 13 years of economic development, business recruitment and retention experience. He previously served as program officer for the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

Screening of ‘Bully’ film scheduled

The city of Mountain View Recreation Division and Youth Advisory Committee have scheduled a free screening of the documentary “Bully” 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts’ Second Stage, 500 Castro St.

The event, open to youth 13 and up, parents, teachers and youth program providers, is slated in honor of National Bully Prevention Month.

More than 13 million children nationwide are bullied every year, according to the Bully Project, making it the most common form of violence experienced by youth.

“Bully,” directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch, shines light on the topic, offering an intimate, unflinching look at how bullying has touched five children and their families.

Following the screening, the Youth Advisory Committee and the Community Health Awareness Council will facilitate a question-and-answer session.

Seating is first come, first served.

For more information, call the city of Mountain View Recreation Division at 903-6331 or visit facebook.com/mountainviewrecreation.

MV CERT stages drill Sunday

Several hundred members of Mountain View’s Community Emergency Response Team are scheduled to host a citywide drill 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

According to Lynn Brown, Mountain View’s Office of Emergency Services coordinator, the semiannual exercise engages neighborhood CERT groups in simulated emergency scenarios that sharpen their communications skills.

To date, more than 1.000 residents have graduated from the city’s CERT program.

During the drill, volunteers from seven or eight neighborhoods will assess their areas for damages that could result from a major winter storm and submit reports to the Emergency Operations Center at the Mountain View Fire Station.

Brown said participating ham radio operators would employ packet-switching technology to transmit email-like reports to the center.

For more information or to join CERT, visit ci.mtnview.ca.us/city_hall/fire/programs_n_services/cert.asp.

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