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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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Realtor group favors flood insurance legislation

Realtors hailed a bill introduced recently by members of Congress that would delay flood insurance rate increases, which became effective Oct. 1.

The legislation postpones federally mandated flood insurance rate increases stalled because of the government shutdown. The new rate increases alarmed many homeowners, who saw their flood insurance rates rise.

National Association of Realtors officials reported that the bipartisan support could help millions of homeowners who facing sudden and in some cases extreme increases in flood insurance premiums, an unintended consequence of legislation to reform the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

The NFIP was originally created in 1968 because private insurance companies refused to provide flood insurance, as the payouts were too large to be profitable. The NFIP is now more than $20 billion in debt to the U.S. Treasury, largely because of claims from Hurricane Katrina, which destroyed much of Louisiana and the surrounding area, and Hurricane Sandy, which caused severe flooding and widespread damage on the northeastern coast of the country.

Last year Congress passed the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (BW-12), which reauthorized the NFIP but also made major changes to the insurance premiums many homeowners would pay, including the phase-out of some federal subsidies. When it took effect Oct. 1, homeowners in some of the hardest-hit areas saw their flood insurance premiums increase from $1,000 per year to as much as $10,000 or more per year.

The new bill delays further implementation of some rate increases in BW-12, allowing the Federal Emergency Management Agency to complete an affordability study mandated by BW-12, propose targeted regulations to address any affordability problems found in the study and give Congress adequate time to review those regulations.

Flood insurance is required to secure a mortgage in many cities in the Bay Area. When homeowners cannot obtain flood insurance, sales of homes are stalled, said Carolyn Miller, president of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors.

“The five-year reauthorization of the NFIP will ensure that buyers will be able to obtain the flood insurance required to obtain a mortgage, and the new legislation that delays the flood insurance rate increases will ensure that all homes pay a rate that fairly reflects their risk of flooding,” she said.

The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors provided information for this article. For more information, email Rose Meily at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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