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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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Four local teams qualify for CCS in girls volleyball

The Central Coast Section girls volleyball playoffs are scheduled to open today, and four teams from the area will advance to the quarterfinals without breaking a sweat.

Los Altos, St. Francis and Homestead highs are seeded high enough to earn first-round byes, while Pinewood School is in a playoff division with only eight teams. The Eagles, Lancers, Mustangs and Panthers are scheduled to host quarterfinal matches 7 p.m. Saturday.

Los Altos drew the No. 2 seed in Division II after posting a 30-5 record and placing second to Homestead in the challenging SCVAL De Anza Division. The Eagles await the winner of tonight’s match between No. 7 Los Gatos (20-12) and No. 10 St. Ignatius (18-15).

St. Francis is the third seed in Division II, finishing 23-12 after last week’s loss to Valley Christian in the West Catholic Athletic League semifinals. The Lancers face No. 6 Woodside (21-11) or No. 11 Branham (15-14) Saturday.

Homestead, which won the De Anza Division title outright for the first time in school history, is the No. 2 seed in Division I.

Coach Gary Carroll, whose team has four Los Altos residents, believes his Mustangs (23-7) are focused on claiming the CCS crown.

“Our goal is to win it this year,” he said. “We are mentally stronger than last year, and we (aren’t fazed) by anything – not runs by our competitors, not questionable calls, not what people think, not extraneous stuff in our lives.”

Homestead hosts No. 7 Gunn (14-14) or No. 10 Oak Grove (18-11) in the quarterfinals.

Pinewood (13-11) is the third seed in Division V following a fifth-place finish in the West Bay Athletic League Skyline Division. The Panthers entertain No. 6 Trinity Christian (14-7) Saturday.

Quarterfinal winners move on to the semifinals Nov. 20.

Mountain View is the lone local team not headed for the playoffs. The Spartans finished 1-11 in the De Anza Division and 8-22 overall after league losses to Gunn and rival Los Altos last week.

Cross country

The Los Altos boys captured the SCVAL El Camino Division championship meet for the fourth straight year – and it wasn’t even close. Fifty-eight points separated the Eagles from runner-up Wilcox Nov. 5 at Crystal Springs.

Los Altos placed six runners in the top 10, each of them setting personal records on the 2.95-mile course: Ben Zaeske (second, 15:40), Andreas Godderis (third, 16:12.7), Dane Tippett (sixth, 16:18.8), Kevin Anawalt (seventh, 16:23.6), Konrad Niemiec (eighth, 16:24.3) and Kevin Glass (ninth, 16:26.6). The Eagles came three seconds shy of the team record for Crystal Springs, according to coach Dan Oren.

The Los Altos girls finished fourth, led by Lauren Jacob (second, 17:48.9) and Katie Klein (ninth, 19:58.7). Gunn, behind champion Sarah Robinson (17:04) of Los Altos Hills, placed first and Mountain View took second. Melissa Reed paced the Spartans (third, 18:53.3), followed by Amy Lynch (sixth, 19:07.7) and Carina Gwennap (seventh, 19:21.1).

All these teams have qualified for the CCS championships, slated Saturday at Crystal Springs.

The St. Francis girls and boys will join them after finishing first and second in their respective divisions at the WCAL III meet Nov. 6 at Crystal Springs.

Julia Bounds won the girls race in 18:14, the fastest freshman time in St. Francis history, according to coach Roberta Chisam. Gia Kim was third (personal-best 19:07).

Seniors Gabriel McLarnan (16:02) and Gaurav Begur (16:07) led the Lancer boys by placing seventh and ninth, respectively.

Boys water polo

Los Altos, Mountain View and St. Francis have made the CCS Division I playoffs and begin play this week.

No. 9 Los Altos (10-16) was slated to face No. 8 Leland (17-7) Tuesday night at Mountain View, after the Town Crier’s press deadline. The seventh-seeded Spartans (12-10) were scheduled to play right before them against No. 10 Salinas (19-7).

Mountain View is coming off an 11-9 loss to rival Los Altos Saturday in the third-place game at the SCVAL De Anza Division Tournament.

If the Spartans bounce back to beat Salinas in their CCS opener, they would take on idle No. 2 St. Francis (11-16) Saturday in the quarterfinals at a time and place to be announced.

If Los Altos defeats Leland, it would meet top seed Bellarmine (16-10) Saturday.

Girls water polo

WCAL champion St. Francis (23-2) is the top seed in the CCS Division I playoffs, earning a first-round bye. The Lancers Saturday are slated to face the winner of today’s 7 p.m. game between No. 8 Los Altos (11-16) and No. 9 Carlmont (12-8) at Palo Alto.

No. 10 Mountain View (17-7) – the SCVAL El Camino Division champ – is set to host No. 7 Pioneer (20-6) 7 p.m. today. The winner takes on No. 3 Los Gatos (24-3) Saturday.

Girls tennis

Los Altos and St. Francis are set to host CCS second-round matches 2 p.m. today.

The No. 4 Eagles (15-5) will face Leland (15-5) or Castilleja (12-5). The No. 6 Lancers (13-5) meet Carmel (18-3) or Aragon (11-8) at Cuesta Park.

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