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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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Bold strokes on State Street draw colorful reaction


As passersby crossed the intersection at State and Fourth streets in downtown Los Altos last week, they found it difficult to overlook a new addition – “Cross Hatch,” the vibrant street painting by artist Jessica Stockholder that metaphorically pops off the pavement.

Some pedestrians stood pensively along the edge of the enlarged canvas on first encounter, trying to determine whether they should step on the colorful compilation of lines and shapes. Others jogged or drove by without missing a beat.

“I haven’t seen anything like this,” said Jim Wilson of the unique artwork he stumbled on during his visit to Los Altos from Fairfax, Va.

Wilson noted that the creation was different from anything he had encountered during years of international travel. His friend, Pam Yavorsky, chimed in that the artwork “gives a little town a lot of character.”

Los Altos resident Cyrus Heidari echoed Wilson’s and Yavorsky’s sentiments, adding that the aesthetics were pleasing and that the artwork “is not too expensive if it lasts.”

Stockholder’s project is the first of six installations for “Project Los Altos,” a collaboration between the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the city of Los Altos. The intersection transformed from asphalt to art in under 48 hours.

Although appearing random in both its emergence and physical location, Los Altos City Clerk Jon Maginot explained that the installation is quite intentional.

“SFMOMA and the artist proposed the installation and worked with city staff, including Public Works, to come up with something that would be safe as well as clearly marked for drivers and pedestrians,” he said. “The intersection was also chosen because of the relatively low amount of traffic that this location gets compared to other downtown intersections.”

In Stockholder’s “Cross Hatch,” sharp, abstract shapes extend onto the sidewalk and into the parking plaza driveway and Community Plaza, where royal-blue paint conceals swaths of grass.

The artwork bleeds across boundaries so much that some cars have veered across the sidewalk, leaving evidence via curbside tire marks. Maginot said the city is addressing safety concerns by working with the artist to incorporate additional visual cues to delineate the driveway. In the interim, orange safety cones dot the entry to the parking plaza.

Although safety hazards may not be part of Stockholder’s artistic vision, she uses the technique of extending her canvas in unexpected ways in many of her site-specific creations.

According to SFMOMA officials, how people and other elements interact with the artwork is part of Stockholder’s vision. Bleachers on the perimeter of the artwork reinforce the notion that the elements of intersection – people, cars, layers of leaves and even weathering – are an intentional addition to the two-dimensional base paint, providing an opportunity for observation and engagement.

With additional “Project Los Altos” installations scheduled November through March, residents can expect to see more modern-art surprises downtown.

For more information on “Project Los Altos,” visit sfmoma.org/exhib_events/exhibitions/572. For a full guide to "Project Los Altos: SFMOMA in the Silicon Valley," click here.


SFMOMA Project Los Altos - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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