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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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Satterlee takes over as Los Altos mayor


Diego Abeloos/Town Crier
Megan Satterlee, with her son Wardin and husband Clay, is sworn in as mayor of Los Altos.

The Los Altos City Council Nov. 26 voted unanimously to return Councilwoman Megan Satterlee to a role she’s held before – mayor.

Satterlee, who previously served as mayor in 2009, took the seat occupied by Councilman Jarrett Fishpaw the past year. Satterlee then nominated Councilwoman Jan Pepper as the city’s new mayor pro tem.

Following tradition, Fishpaw and Satterlee presented each other with engraved medals. Fishpaw – who at 25 became the city’s youngest mayor a year ago – handed Satterlee the key to the city, telling her jokingly that it “didn’t fit on my key ring.”

With son Wardin accompanying her on the dais, Satterlee thanked her husband and fellow councilmembers for their support and pledged to run “efficient and effective” council meetings. She also called for open dialogue with the public and creating an atmosphere “where councilmembers are open to each other’s ideas and where we move forward (on areas) where we have common agendas.”

Satterlee later told the Town Crier that she sees the council’s annual retreat, scheduled Dec. 14, as the initial opportunity to discuss and formulate common goals and objectives for the city in 2014.

“A member of the public said to me today, ‘Don’t try to do everything poorly. Try and do a couple of things well,’” Satterlee said. “So the question we’ll have to answer on the 14th is: Are there a couple of things we all want to do well or are we spreading ourselves thin because our interests are spread thin?”

Satterlee noted that this year’s retreat would likely be a two-part process that includes the use of an outside facilitator. While the council is slated to discuss a host of pressing city issues and formulate its 2014 goals, it will also spend time during the daylong session “gaining a better understanding of each other’s styles so that, again, we can collaborate more effectively and efficiently,” she said.

She also noted a personal focus on transportation issues “in the broadest possible sense,” citing safety issues for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists, as well as traffic-calming and congestion concerns in some parts of the city.

Reflecting on his year as mayor, Fishpaw noted that while the functions are ceremonial in nature, being at the helm of a city presented a “learning curve” and left him with a deeper appreciation for the role overall.

“It is challenging sometimes, because there are expectations that people have that the mayor can fix, change or do anything,” he said. “That’s really not the case – you’re always working with the rest of your council to build consensus.”

Pepper, meanwhile, told those in attendance that she remains committed to the principles she set forth during her election campaign in 2012. She pointed specifically to her commitment to transparent and inclusive governance, open and respectful dialogue with residents and environmental sustainability.

Like Satterlee, Pepper said the council’s upcoming retreat could serve as an opportunity to set a collaborative tone for the upcoming year.

“We’ve worked together for a year now, so we know each other a little better,” she said. “Hopefully, we can really coalesce as a group and figure out how to get some things done together.”

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