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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

Merger solution makes sense

We thought the “Other Voices” column by Bruce Barton was spot on (“Solution for BCS/LASD – a merger,” Nov. 20).

It would benefit everyone in Los Altos to have this top-performing school join our top-performing school district as a magnet school. Bullis Charter School could continue its innovative programs and be open to all Los Altos School District students on a lottery basis.

There are highly successful examples of magnet schools in neighboring districts.

Christa McAuliffe School in Cupertino has a similar structure to Bullis Charter School. It is a K-8 grade school, asks for a substantial parental contribution to finance aides and field trips, requires parental involvement and features a curriculum stressing creative thinking and teamwork. Teachers are part of the Cupertino teaching force, but a parental committee helps select teachers suitable for this special program.

Palo Alto boasts Herbert Hoover Elementary School, which features back-to-basics education, while Mountain View is home to Mariano Castro School, with its dual Spanish/English immersion program.

The district would need to allow Bullis Charter School autonomy in its innovative programming. The Santa Clara County Board of Education could oversee the transition and make sure that the charter school maintains its identity.

If Bullis Charter School becomes an additional option for Los Altos students, we believe that the entire city would breathe a sigh of relief and be much more willing to support a bond measure to build the new schools we need.

We urge other concerned residents to contact the district, county and charter school boards with support for this innovative and excellent proposal by the editor of the Town Crier.

Emily and Jim Thurber

Los Altos

Unified school system could stop conflicts

Thank you for your thoughtful recommendation that the Los Altos School District and Bullis Charter School join together under one leadership, eliminate the monies spent for lawyers and concentrate on their mission to provide quality education.

Hopefully, the Los Altos School District and Bullis Charter School will focus their efforts to create one unified system for our schoolchildren and stop the petty bickering that inhibits unification.

Norbert Kordsmeier

Los Altos

Downtown’s rigid enforcement hurts appeal

I simply want to point out that Los Altos is sending strong mixed signals about welcoming visitors to its downtown during the holidays, especially when so much construction is happening on First Street.

Two weeks ago, I received a $51 parking ticket – while performing 10 minutes of volunteer work.

After discovering that my car had extended 3 feet into an unexpected and unseen “short” red zone adjacent to a green 15-minute parking space, I sent a request to have the citation dismissed along with photos.

I cannot understand how this red zone and citation is reasonable and am inclined not to visit downtown again. It’s not about the money – at least not for me.

Dana Hendrickson

President and founder

Rebuild Hope

Post office grounds need improvement

The post office at Loyola Corners needs urgent help with grounds maintenance. Could an article in your paper bring out volunteers to cut back weeds and improve the appearance from the street? At least you should find out why nothing has been done there for months.

C. Barber

No address given

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