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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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Recent events leave us all thumbs: Editorial

We’re all thumbs in the wake of Los Altos news events.

Thumbs-up: To the David and Lucile Packard Foundation for putting its money where its philosophy is. A longtime proponent of conservation and sustainability, the foundation spared no expense in building its new Los Altos headquarters at 343 Second St. As celebrated during last week’s open house, the Los Altos site is the largest building in the world to receive Net Zero Energy Building Certification. That means its functions, from solar panels to recycled water, essentially result in zero energy consumption. The building is so efficient that it actually returns unused electricity to the power grid. We appreciate the foundation’s efforts in leading by example.

Thumbs-up: To the Los Altos City Council’s decision to move forward last month with a comprehensive, goal-oriented Climate Action Plan. The plan has a goal of reducing overall greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. Councilwoman Megan Satterlee asked, justifiably, whether the goals were realistic given the city’s staffing shortages, which leave the city behind on numerous projects. However, having a plan with specific goals is better than having no plan at all. So the council made the right (and unanimous) decision to adopt the plan.

Thumbs-down: To recent misfortunes that have left the Los Altos-based Peninsula Symphony broke. An investigation into the nonprofit organization’s missing $500,000 is underway, so we don’t yet know how this came to be. But we do know that one of the key jobs of a board of directors of any organization is to have a firm handle on finances and strong oversight so that no one person, even a trusted executive director, has exclusive knowledge of the accounts. Apparently, the symphony board did not have a strong enough system in place.

Questionable thumbs: To the recently installed art project at the intersection of State and Fourth streets in downtown Los Altos. The project comprises a series of triangles in various colors, spray-painted atop the asphalt and even some of the grass at Community Plaza. The work previews a slew of upcoming “Project Los Altos” events planned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. So what is it? Helipad? Traffic-calming device? Traffic hazard? Art that motorists can add to by riding over it with tire tracks? One thing’s for sure: It has people talking.

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