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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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Letters to the Editor

Why not share the grass at Blach?

Why can’t my child play on the grassy areas surrounding her classrooms during school? I can’t imagine a single reason why a child would be forbidden to play on the grass area at his or her school.

My fourth-grade daughter was attending the Bullis Charter School campus at Blach Intermediate School last week. During lunch and recess, though the fields were empty, she was told she could only play on the blacktop and that the fields were off limits.

I was flabbergasted when I went to the campus to help for lunch duty last Friday, only to see 150 children squeezed onto the blacktop that is used as hallways between the portables. When I questioned why they can’t go on the grass, I was told that charter school children can only use the grassy areas on Mondays and Tuesdays, not the rest of the week.

This makes no sense. Why on earth would adults prevent children from playing on the grass? Despite the differences between the Los Altos School District and Bullis Charter School, we should not use the children as pawns. Let’s keep the debate among the adults, and keep politics out of the playground.

Angela Rumi

Los Altos Hills

BCS needs site, but not site of existing school

In his Oct. 16 letter to the Town Crier (“Resident bemoans negative impacts of BCS”), Bob Moore accurately describes the years-long dispute between Bullis Charter School and the Los Altos School District. I will reiterate that I do not have an issue with the charter school’s existence in Los Altos.

Bullis Charter School continues to increase enrollment, dismissing the district’s attempts to rein it in because of restricted space and limited facilities in Bullis’ current locations. The charter school has acted aggressively by trying to usurp an existing school site, suggesting that the ousted student population be integrated into other district schools.

Finding ample space within the district’s boundaries is nearly impossible, but the charter school won’t budge when offered relocation to surrounding communities.

Los Altos Hills has more space available – perhaps that’s where its campus should go. Then the fields at both Egan Junior High and Blach Intermediate schools should be returned to mixed-use green spaces for the community.

Rebecca Hayman

Los Altos

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