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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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FHDA police go green with Zero motorcylces


Courtesy of Foothill-De Anza Community College District
Foothill-De Anza Community College District Police recently purchased two electric Zero DS motorcycles to add to its fleet.

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District Police Department recently purchased two all-electric Zero DS motorcycles.

The department is the first in the country among community college police forces to include the no-emission motorcycles as part of its fleet.

According to the department, the motorcycles meet the district’s long-term sustainability plan and offer cost savings on fuel and maintenance. The bikes have a range of approximately 130 miles on a single charge and top out at 95 mph, allowing adequate operation on highways and during low-speed patrols on the campuses.

“The addition of the Zero motorcycles to our patrol fleet is a huge benefit to the entire college community,” said Ron Levine, chief of police for the Foothill-De Anza Community College District. “These bikes are quiet, cost effective and green, making them an ideal mode of transportation for our officers.”

In addition to general police duties, the motorcycles will be used for patrol in the parking garages and lots on both campuses, which can be targets for auto burglars, he added.

“Because the bikes are nearly silent, they can patrol an area almost undetected, giving the police officers an element of stealth,” Levine said.

According to police, the Scotts Valley-based company’s motorcycles can operate on- and off-road, making them versatile enough for both Foothill College’s more rural campus setting, which includes rolling hills and dirt pathways on the edges of the campus, and the more urban environment of De Anza College in Cupertino.

Levine learned of the Zero motorcycles after the San Jose State University Police Department became the first agency in Santa Clara County to use them.

“I immediately saw the value of electric motorcycles in the campus setting,” he said.

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