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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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Letters to the Editor

World War II WASPs deserve recognition

I was delighted to see the article on Women Airforce Service Pilots, “A tale of two sisters,” in the Nov. 6 Town Crier.

My aunt Dorothy Kielty was a WASP during the war and used to regale us with stories of ferrying pilots – and sometimes generals who were not always happy to have a woman in the cockpit! – and other responsibilities these amazing women had during World War II.

After the war, she golfed for the U.S. on the Curtis Cup team and then went to live in Italy, where she took up horse show jumping at 50-plus years of age.

She also fought the same fight for recognition and benefits the story recounts.

We should be proud of their service and glad that it has finally been recognized.

Tracy Koon

Los Altos

Los Altos ‘road diet’ could have unintended consequences

The Town Crier’s recent “Editor’s Notebook” column on “complete streets” quoted urban planner Darby Watson, who applied a “road diet” to a Seattle street, converting a four-lane road to two lanes (“Forum features ideas for ‘complete streets,’” Oct. 9).

Before Los Altos jumps on the road-diet bandwagon, I hope the city council and city planners will look to neighboring Palo Alto to see the damage done to the Barron Park/Green Acres neighborhood when Arastradero Road was put on a diet.

From the July 7, 2012, Palo Alto Weekly: “… traffic volume rose in three areas within the Barron Park neighborhood: … The traffic count at Maybell and Pena rose significantly from 2,700 vehicles to 3,348 daily since the trial changes, according to the study. … Chief Transportation Official Jaime Rodriguez admitted a speed survey had not been done along the cut-through routes.”

That’s a 24 percent increase on just one of the neighborhood streets that frustrated drivers – and bicyclists – are using to avoid congestion on Arastradero.

Note that Maybell is a city-designated “Safe Route to Schools.” To see what the road diet did to this quiet street, check out the videos at tinyurl.com/kg8o7t8 and tinyurl.com/lobjh2z.

Road diets have unintended consequences.

Constricting a main artery forces cars through residential streets.

Like water, traffic will flow around barriers to find the path of least resistance, and it might be your neighborhood.

Pat Marriott

Los Altos

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