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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

Reader appreciates Rhymin’ Simon’s poetry

I was delighted to read the poem “To Jake,” Bob Simon’s ode to his first grandchild (Senior Lifestyles, Nov. 6).

Bob is a very talented Los Altan whose poetry conveys ordinary life in perfect meter, rhythm and rhyme.

I commend the Town Crier for publishing his poetry, and I understand that it will be a regular feature in the Senior Lifestyles section every two months. However, I almost missed it until it was pointed out to me in the paper. It appeared on page 31, in the back of the Senior Lifestyles section.

Bob’s poems appeal to all ages, not just seniors, and I hope the Town Crier will publish his next poems in a more prominent section of the newspaper.

John Cardoza Los Altos

Sunnyvale imposes ‘brave’ gun restrictions

Re Measure C, Sunnyvale’s gun-control legislation that passed with 66 percent of the vote Nov. 4: Finally, a mayor, a city council and voters had the courage to pass their own gun-control measures when our Congress and state do not have the guts to pass any substantial legislation.

In the past, it has been Los Altos that took the lead locally to do good things for the community. Los Altos was first in banning gas leaf blowers, blocking a garbage dump at Permanente and helping to stop general air traffic at Moffett Field from flying over our heads. Now Sunnyvale took the lead with its brave restrictions on guns.

Hopefully, this will send a message to neighboring communities that something can be done on the local level and that we will not be intimidated by the big-bully National Rifle Association.

Shame on Los Gatos for allowing a gun store to open downtown. I hope that other city councils will be wiser and not issue a permit to such a business and follow Sunnyvale’s lead with restrictions.

Myra Orta

Los Altos

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