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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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Business Noteworthy


COURTESY OF ELLA HEALTH

Los Altos resident Dyrdahl

named new CEO at ella health

ella health, a 3-D mammography and women’s health-care provider, has appointed Los Altos resident Melissa Dyrdahl (above) as chief executive officer to guide its expansion into new locations and services.

Dyrdahl has experience building and advising growing companies. A breast cancer survivor, she understands the barriers and challenges facing women when it comes to health care.

“Women should have access to health care designed specifically for their needs, and it should be both high quality and convenient,” she said. “Women are busy and they spend a lot of time caring for others. What we offer at ella health is a new perspective on how to help them take charge of their own health.”

Dyrdahl fills a role created to manage the growth of the two-year-old company, which provides a new model of women’s health-care delivery, starting with breast cancer screening services.

ella health is one of the few centers in the country to offer 3-D mammography, an advanced technology that is more effective in detecting cancers and reducing false positives than conventional 2-D imaging. ella health centers are designed to be more like a spa than a clinic, with private dressing rooms, cloth robes and heated exam rooms.

“ella health is not a typical health-care provider,” Dyrdahl said. “Our centers are built around what women have told us they want, and we look for ways to exceed their expectations.”

Dyrdahl previously served as vice president of Pivotal Labs, senior vice president of corporate marketing at Adobe Systems Inc. and co-founder and CEO of Bring Light Inc.

Dyrdahl has received numerous honors, including being named a Distinguished Alumna of San Jose State University and one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley.

The San Francisco-based ella health plans to open centers across the U.S.

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