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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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Los Altos shuts out Lynbrook 30-0; St. Francis falls to Valley Christian

The Los Altos High football team kept its faint playoff hopes alive by blanking Lynbrook 30-0 Friday night.

The visiting Eagles evened their record at 2-2 in the SCVAL El Camino Division and improved to 7-2 overall.

After a scoreless first quarter, Los Altos scored two touchdowns in the second, added a field goal in the third and tallied two more TDs in the fourth.

Receiver Victor Ruiz scored every touchdown, catching passes of 62, 21, 20 and 55 yards from Lambie Lanman. Matt Schroner made three extra points and booted a 33-yard field goal.

Ruiz totaled 208 yards on eight receptions, while Lanman completed 13 of 20 passes for 316 yards. Running back Sean Lanoza rushed for 101 yards on 17 carries.

Los Altos is scheduled to close the regular season 1:30 p.m. Saturday at home against Cupertino.

VC runs over St. Francis

St. Francis struggled to move the ball or stop the run in Friday’s 21-14 loss at Valley Christian.

The Lancers mustered only 106 yards of offense (57 rushing, 49 passing), while the Warriors piled up 296 yards on the ground.

Yet St. Francis trailed just 7-0 midway through the fourth quarter. Valley Christian then added a 31-yard touchdown run from Kirk Johnson (254 yards rushing).

The Lancers answered with a 9-yard scoring pass from Will Fischer-Colbrie to halfback Landon Baty with 2:35 to play, but the Warriors tallied another TD just 23 seconds later.

Baty returned the ensuing kickoff 94 yards for a score and St. Francis recovered the onside kick, but Valley Christian’s defense held strong.

The Lancers dropped to 3-3 in the West Catholic Athletic League and 6-3 overall.

Spartans stymied again

Mountain View scored its first touchdown in three weeks, but it wasn’t nearly enough to beat Milpitas, which won 55-7 Friday.

The visiting Spartans slumped to 1-5 in the SCVAL De Anza Division and 1-8 overall.

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