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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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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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Eagles air it out


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High quarterback Lambie Lanman gets off a pass with Gunn linebacker Dietrich Sweat bearing down on him.

With the passing attack back on track, the Los Altos High football team dispatched Gunn 41-27 Saturday to remain in the race for the SCVAL El Camino Division title.

Quarterback Lambie Lanman completed 16 of 22 passes, setting season-highs for yards (309) and touchdown tosses (three). Wideouts Victor Ruiz and Patrick McColl tormented the Titans, each scoring on long passes and surpassing 100 yards receiving.

“It’s nice to see our pass game where it should be,” coach Trevor Pruitt said.

The week before, the Eagles mustered only 131 yards in the air and suffered their first loss of the season, 42-24 at Homestead.

“We looked at that tape and decided we needed to bounce back this week, and that’s what we did,” said Lanman, who also ran for a touchdown Saturday. “We schemed a lot, watched a lot of film, strategized and put in a lot of extra practice.”

It showed on Los Altos’ initial drive. Lanman completed his first two passes – the latter a short throw that running back Sean Lanoza turned into a 45-yard gain – and was 4-of-5 by the time the Eagles reached Gunn’s 3-yard line. But Los Altos went backward from there. Lanoza was stuffed for back-to-back losses and Lanman took a sack on third down, leading to a 35-yard field goal from Matt Schroner.

The kick cut into the early lead by the Titans, who scored a touchdown on the game’s opening series. They marched 65 yards in nine plays – eight of them runs – and breached the end zone on Noah Riley’s 1-yard keeper.

Gunn responded to the Eagles’ field goal with another touchdown – a 43-yard pass from Riley to receiver Guy Kasznik. Ofisa Pati blocked the extra-point try, leaving the Titans with a 13-3 advantage with 10:03 left in the half.

Their lead didn’t last long. Los Altos tallied three touchdowns within the next five minutes.

The scoring barrage began with Lanman’s 35-yard touchdown pass to McColl, set up by Ben Roach’s 65-yard kickoff return a play earlier.

After the defense held Gunn to a three-and-out series, the Eagles needed two plays to take the lead. Lanman connected with Ruiz for a 77-yard touchdown on a pass that the receiver tipped before hauling in at midfield. Ruiz outran the defense from there.

Schroner’s PAT made it 17-13.

The Los Altos defense extended that advantage on the next play from scrimmage. McColl sacked Riley at Gunn’s 20 and the ball popped loose. Pati picked it up and rumbled into the end zone.

McColl put an end to the Titans’ next two possessions as well. He recovered a fumble in the backfield and intercepted a pass in the final seconds of the half with Los Altos still leading 24-13.

“He’s a big-time player,” Pruitt said of McColl, who made a game-high seven catches.

The Eagles, who didn’t punt in the game, scored on three of their four second-half possessions.

Lanman capped an 11-play, 68-yard drive to start the third quarter with a quick pass to Ruiz, who dodged defenders and lunged into the end zone on the 11-yard play.

After another Riley interception – nabbed by Lanoza – Los Altos took over near midfield and scored seven plays later on Lanman’s 5-yard scramble. The PAT gave the Eagles their biggest advantage at 38-13 with 1:14 left in the third quarter.

Late in the fourth, Schroner booted a 39-yard field goal.

The win evened Los Altos’ record at 1-1 in league (6-1 overall) and enhanced the importance of Friday’s 3:30 p.m. home game against Monta Vista (3-0, 5-2).

“It’s going to be like a playoff game,” Ruiz said. “We have to fight our hardest and play to the best of our ability.”


2013 football: Los Altos High School v. Gunn High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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