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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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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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Los Altos Briefs

City offers live stream of council meetings on mobile devices

Los Altos officials announced last week that the city’s new website, launched in August, is now fully compatible with smartphones and tablets.

The announcement came after some residents noted their inability to view live-streaming city council meetings on certain devices since the debut of the city’s new website (losaltosca.gov). Specifically, they said they were unable to download a necessary plug-in onto their devices.

Granicus Inc. – contracted by the city to record, stream and archive council and Planning and Transportation Commission (PTC) meetings – previously required users to download a Microsoft Silverlight plug-in to watch streaming videos.

The Granicus system, according to city officials, was recently updated at no cost and now allows live streaming video using HTML 5. In addition to viewing archived and live online video on desktop and mobile devices, residents can view council and PTC meetings live on Comcast Channel 26.

Artistic bike rack policy approved

The city’s bicycle racks may be in for a new look after the Los Altos City Council last week approved a new artistic bike rack policy.

According to a city staff report, the council originally directed city staff to craft the policy in May following a recommendation by the city’s Public Arts Commission (PAC). The recommendation, according to the report, was intended “to encourage the installation of unique artistic bicycle racks” and is similar to a policy adopted by the city of Portland, Ore.

All artistic racks, the report noted, must be approved at the discretion of the city’s Public Works department through a revocable permit process. Anyone interested in pursuing the installation of an artistic bike rack may contact the city’s Public Works department via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 947-2780.

City Manager gets raise

The Los Altos City Council last week unanimously approved a $2,000 annual pay increase for City Manager Marcia Somers.

According to a staff report, the $2,000 increase will bump Somers’ annual base salary to $198,000.

Somers took over as city manager in April 2012, replacing the retiring Doug Schmitz. Prior to being hired, Somers spent 19 years in Danville – first serving as community services director and then assistant town manager from 2006.

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