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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

Sheriff’s cadet program helps students

Marlene Cowan’s article on Sheriff Laurie Smith mentions the invaluable role the Sheriff’s Office plays in promoting the safety of Los Altos Hills, Cupertino and Saratoga (“County sheriff Smith reviews long career, touts public-safety record,” Dec. 4).

Many of your readers may not be aware of another, less-publicized, service it provides: a cadet program for high school and college students who are interested in learning more about law enforcement.

This well-organized program meets regularly throughout the year, staffed by dedicated volunteer deputies and officers. It promotes discipline, values, respect, confidence and self-esteem for the students – all at no charge to them or the community.

An important bonus is the brotherhood fostered between the cadets, and the friendships with the members of the Sheriff’s Office, who become role models for how these young men and women want to grow up – whether or not they eventually decide to pursue a career in law enforcement.

I am very grateful to Sheriff Smith and her caring staff for all they do, including their dedication and generosity in giving their time and skills to help our children achieve their maximum potential.

Michael Rappaport

Los Altos

Local trees have ‘skin-diseased’ look

Has it occurred to anyone else that all of those tiny “points of light” that are wrapped around the trunks of local trees every year and, in some cases, all year long, give the trees a “skin-diseased” look as opposed to enhancing the natural beauty of the tree? Perhaps it is time to turn the page.

Josephine Campbell

Los Altos

Bullying starts with the parents

Concerning the problem of racial bullying at San Jose State University that recently made headlines, put the blame were it belongs.

Children are born with a clean slate regarding opinions and beliefs.

Their values are nurtured by what they are taught at home, from friends and at school.

These young men who bullied their black roommate were taught intolerance or they never would have done such horrible things.

Their parents are to blame and should pay restitution to the victim.

I think a fair fine would be $25,000-$50,000 per family. This would cover the victim’s college education, graduate school and perhaps law school if he wants to learn how to sue them.

Furthermore, these young men should be permanently barred from ever attending a California public institution: all UCs, CSUs and community colleges.

Why should my taxes help educate these ignorant, racially intolerant bullies? Their parents can send them to private schools, where perhaps they will learn something about respecting the rights of others. I was taught that in kindergarten in the Bronx a very long time ago.

Myra Orta

Los Altos

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