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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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LAH Council Briefs

Following are highlights from the Nov. 5 Los Altos Hills City Council meeting. The next council meeting is scheduled 6 p.m. Dec. 12 at town hall, 26375 W. Fremont Road.

Town finalizes hazard mitigation plan

Councilmembers approved an updated Local Hazard Mitigation Plan last week, with the goal of ensuring peace of mind.

While not required under state or federal law, the plan enables the town to apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency matching grants that could fund flood control, fire prevention and/or seismic retrofitting measures.

Los Altos Hills City Manager Carl Cahill noted that though the $15,000 plan carries no immediate financial obligations, it will guide the town in determining whether additional research or financial investment is needed to protect critical public infrastructure.

Approximately 140 residents contributed to the updated plan by completing a public survey.

Railroad ties remain for another year

When the Fremont Road Safe Route to Los Altos Hills Schools project reached completion last spring, the project’s design aesthetics drew mixed reactions, specifically the choice of wood railroad ties to line the pathway. Some residents thought the ties looked unattractive, and cyclists expressed frustration about the ties limiting their escape routes should cars veer near them.

Despite the objections, the council decided that it’s too early to determine the fate of the landscape element.

Originally installed to protect vegetation along the pathway, the railroad ties protected young plants as intended, and also deterred parking along the path. Councilmembers agreed to allow the landscaping to mature for another year and resurrect the discussion in fall 2014, with recommendations from the Traffic Safety and Pathways committees.

Arastradero trail project opens

Neighbors in Los Altos Hills and Palo Alto now have one more way to connect after the $1.9 million Arastradero Trail Improvement Project opened Nov. 1.

The Stanford University-funded project included widened trail segments along Page Mill Road, bike lane striping and construction of new walking path segments along Arastradero Road that connect the trail across Interstate 280 to Purissima Road.

After receiving approval from the council in May 2012, the six-month project broke ground last spring, enabling enhanced access to open spaces along the Skyline Trail.

– Ellie Van Houtte

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