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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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Peninsula Symphony Orchestra names new interim director


Temkin

The Peninsula Symphony Orchestra last week named Andrea Temkin its interim executive director.

The board of directors of the Los Altos-based nonprofit orchestra appointed Temkin – described as a veteran nonprofit CEO and music education professional – in the midst of a severe financial crisis for the 65-year-old organization. In October, symphony board members learned that most of the group’s endowment and operating funds were missing, leading to the resignation of Executive Director Steve Carlton and a police investigation into the matter.

“We are extremely happy that we have been able to engage a well-known, seasoned arts management professional to guide the symphony’s continued recovery,” said Alan Bien, board chairman. “We have every intention of completing this concert season as planned.”

Temkin has 25 years of experience working with music and arts organizations, including the San Francisco Symphony, Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center, Nova Vista Symphony and Kaisahan of San Jose Dance Company. Her organizational management background includes program and strategic planning and implementation, program evaluation and fund development. Temkin has worked with a variety of entities during her career, including teaching musicians, artists, educators and educational institutions such as public school districts and alternative schools.

Prior to her role with the symphony, Temkin served as executive director for eight years at Mountain View’s Community School of Music and Arts. She has been the principal of AST Consulting Group since 2002, and most recently served as the Visual and Performing Arts program manager for the Alameda County Office of Education.

“The Peninsula Symphony is an accomplished area institution, performing music to the highest standards in locally accessible venues at affordable cost,” Temkin said. “Its Bridges to Music Program reaches schoolchildren throughout the Peninsula. I’m honored to be trusted with the task of helping the organization return to firm financial and administrative footing.”

Ongoing investigation

Los Altos Police Capt. Andy Galea told the Town Crier last week that the police investigation into the organization’s missing funds is ongoing. The symphony board announced that orchestra supporters and members have raised more than half of the 2013-2014 budget to continue its programming. The symphony’s concert season opened in late October.

“It’s really amazing and impressive,” Temkin said of the fundraising effort to keep the organization afloat. “My understanding is they raised most of that (money) in about five days.”

Temkin said the organization will continue to actively fundraise to overcome its sudden financial troubles so that it can continue to offer free concerts to the public – including more than 50 annually for children in schools in East Palo Alto, Redwood City and other Bay Area cities that lack music programs.

“We don’t want to let those things go,” she said, adding that funding is also being sought for its Bridges to Music educational program. “It’s important for us to continue to serve the community.”

For more information, visit peninsulasymphony.org.

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