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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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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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Baty shoulders the load late


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Landon Baty celebrates his 10-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter of Friday’s 41-34 win over Serra.

With standout halfback Alex Andrighetto unable to finish Friday’s game, the St. Francis High football team turned to Landon Baty – bad shoulder and all.

The senior played through the pain to rush for a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns in the Lancers’ 41-34 homecoming victory over Serra, previously undefeated in the West Catholic Athletic League.

“Alex and I have both been dealing with shoulders,” said Baty, who totaled 68 yards on 12 carries. “I wasn’t even supposed to be running the ball today, because I dislocated my shoulder in practice on Thursday, but I had to do it.”

When Andrighetto left the game midway through the third quarter – after rushing for 90 yards and a touchdown and making a 35-yard scoring catch – the leading Lancers were hesitant to replace him with Baty, already starting at defensive back. He didn’t carry the ball on that drive – which began at Serra’s 46 after St. Francis recovered a fumble and resulted in Will Fischer-Colbrie’s 3-yard TD toss to Trillion Hebert – or the next one.

But after Serra scored on consecutive possessions to take a 27-24 lead with 7:40 to play, coach Greg Calcagno called on Baty as the Lancers took over at their 20. He looked spry from his first try, spinning his way to a 7-yard gain up the middle, and had the Lancers at midfield three rushes later.

Fischer-Colbrie followed that with a 37-yard pass to receiver Brycen Carbonel, setting up Baty’s first score. On a burst right, he dodged defenders on a 13-yard run into the end zone. Patrick Fordham’s extra point pushed the St. Francis advantage to 31-27 with 5:13 left.

The Padres gave the ball back to the Lancers three plays later when defensive back Riley Quinn intercepted a pass at the Serra 25. Baty didn’t break loose this time, however, getting St. Francis to only the 21 after three straight carries. Fordham came on for the field-goal try, drilling a 39-yarder to extend the lead to 34-27 with 2:42 remaining.

The Lancer defense stymied Serra once again – not surrendering even a yard to the Padres on their next drive, which ended with a pass breakup on fourth down.

Taking over at Serra’s 15, St. Francis scored two plays later. Baty made a quick cut left and raced 10 yards for the touchdown, raising his arms in celebration as he stepped across the goal line.

“I told the offensive line, ‘You block for me and get my back, and I’ve got your back,’ and we just took it to them,” Baty said. “Running behind two 6 (foot)-6 guys (senior tackles Ryan Popolizio and Alessandro Lenarduzzi), it’s pretty easy to get into a nice little rhythm. Coach preaches just to run hard, downhill, and I found those creases.”

Down 41-27 after Fordham’s extra point, the Padres had only 2:04 to rally. They scored in under a minute – on Matthew Fa’aita’s 7-yard strike to Hamilton Anoa’i – but failed to recover the ensuing onside kick. St. Francis ran out the final 1:28.

The win keeps St. Francis, which suffered close league losses to Bellarmine and Mitty last month, in the conversation for a berth in the Central Coast Section Open Division playoffs.

“We deserved to win this game,” Baty said. “We should be 7-0 right now.”

Instead, the Lancers are 5-2 overall and 3-2 in the WCAL, tied with Bellarmine and Valley Christian for third place. St. Francis is scheduled to visit Valley Christian 7:30 p.m. Friday.

“We’re going to celebrate tonight and we’ve got homecoming tomorrow night,” Baty said, “but Monday it’s back to business and time to get ready for Valley.”


2013 football: St. Francis High School v. Serra High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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