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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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Aggressive coyotes concern longtime local hiker


Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Los Altos Hills resident Stephen Grant said he has been seeing coyotes out and acting more aggressively lately. He and his dog, Rocky, left, have encountered coyotes while hiking at Byrne Preserve three times in a two and a half week period.

Los Altos Hills resident Stephen Grant wants to spread the word that coyotes are acting more aggressively than he has ever experienced.

The avid trail walker has personal experience to prove his point. When approached by three coyotes on a Byrne Preserve trail behind Westwind Barn Oct. 21, it marked the third time in the past two and a half weeks he and his dog, Rocky, had been confronted by the animals at the same spot on the trail.

Neither Grant, a 19-year Los Altos Hills resident, nor his gentle Labrador Retriever have been harmed in the encounters, but he doesn’t want to press his luck nor does he want other hikers to press theirs.

“I’m not going to be going down there anytime soon,” said Grant, who had been walking the trail virtually every week since moving to the area. Although the town had posted two small signs on a fence at the preserve border along Altamont Road, Grant doesn’t think that’s sufficient warning. He also noted that the vagueness in the message leaves hikers with no idea when the signs were put up or when the danger might pass.

City Clerk Deborah Padovan said the town would add signs with more specific wording that discourage hiking with dogs on the trails for the months during coyote pup-rearing season – April through October.

Investigation of coyote sightings in nature preserves is the purview of the California Department of Fish & Game. Santa Clara County Vector Control handles sightings in urban environments. Padovan said she’s received additional recent calls about coyotes.

“We always want people to call 911 when it’s happening,” she said. “It’s hard to find the coyotes (after the fact).”

Jose Colome, a community resources specialist with vector control, said his records show one coyote sighting in the Bryne Preserve area reported last month. If requested, Colome said a vector control technician would inspect the area to confirm the number of animals and evaluate if they are behaving abnormally. His agency would then contact Fish & Game, which has jurisdiction.

Colome said coyotes, while normally shy, would act more aggressively to protect other pack members.

He advised hikers to be careful with trash, which attracts animals and to educate themselves about coyote hazing. Similar to run-ins with bears or cougars, hazing amounts to scaring the animals by making eye contact, loud noises and waving arms to convey a threat.

Grant said he did exactly that, in addition to blowing a whistle, but the coyotes were slow to move away. He added that he would like local authorities to take the issue more seriously.

For more information, visit sccvector.org.

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