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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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New committee promotes public art movement in Los Altos Hills


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Karen Druker of the Los Altos Hills Art in Public Places Committee shares ideas for outdoor sculptures throughout town.

Imagine the visual poetry of viewing a colorful line of sculptures parallel to Los Altos Hills Town Hall while driving or walking along Fremont Road. If donors come forward, modern art may soon take root near the gravel trails and electric-vehicle charging stations that are a staple in the rural community.

“Not everybody is going to like everything, but we guarantee that it will be interesting,” said Karen Druker, chairwoman of the town’s new Art in Public Places Committee.

Along with six other committee members who have agreed to serve as ambassadors of the arts, Druker is sounding the call for donors.

When a donor inquired how he or she could bequeath art to the town last spring, the question stumped the city council, leading to the formation of a committee dedicated to developing a workable process for handling bequests. Since officially convening in August, the committee has scouted potential sites for sculptures at the town hall campus, Westwind Community Barn and Edith Park and developed a book of prospective art, available for viewing at the Los Altos Hills Town Hall reception desk, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

“We’re trying to expedite the process,” said Art in Public Places Committee member Gail Solomon of the reference book highlighting sculptures that reflect site-specific scale and characteristics. “This is a starting point to kick-start our campaign.”

One anonymous donor has already expressed interest in commissioning a $10,000 abstract sculpture series for placement near the large oak tree at town hall. If the donor’s impending contract with the artist for the commission moves forward without delay and the council accepts the donation, Los Altos Hills’ first piece of public art could be installed in the spring.

Druker noted that there are many reasons a resident may want to donate public art, including immortalizing a family’s involvement in the town or memorializing someone who has passed away. With a price tag between $3,000 and $50,000 for each site-specific sculpture, individuals as well as groups of donors are invited to contribute.

The committee is exploring fundraising options that would enable residents to make smaller contributions toward a sculpture or perhaps a sculpture garden. The donor-funded serpentine seating wall at town hall is an example of how the community has embraced the idea of funding public art in the past.

“The results will speak for themselves,” said Solomon of the public sculpture program. “If we have a successful launch, it sort of carries on on its own feet.”

For more information, call Druker at 941-8073 or 941-7222.

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