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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

Donations for homeless generate warm response

Much effort has been expended to provide warmth and comfort to the homeless seeking shelter in the Sunnyvale Armory via the “One Warm Scarf” campaign.

They thank you, and I thank you, for all your efforts. The warm items came just in time for the extreme cold weather. Be assured that all the future warm items you make will be delivered directly to our homeless.

Many thanks to all those who donated the yarn. Please note that there is always a need for more yarn.

To donate and for more information, call 968-2751 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Sandy Goldstein

Los Altos

Rotary Club continues Mandela’s AIDS work

With the recent passing of Nelson Mandela, we recognize his efforts in the struggle against AIDS.

Michael Sidibe, head of UNAIDS, the United Nations’ HIV/AIDS agency, said Mandela was “a statesman who had AIDS at the top of his agenda, and he used his stature and presence on the global stage to persuade world leaders to act decisively on AIDS. His legacy will be felt by generations.”

Since 1989, the Rotary Club of Los Altos has also been working to combat AIDS. In fact, we’re the first Rotary Club in the world to focus attention on the AIDS pandemic.

We’re also the first service club in the world to receive the prestigious Peabody Award for Broadcast Excellence (for our attitude-changing AIDS documentary “The Los Altos Story”). Generous response to fundraising efforts had made these projects possible.

While awaiting final approval from The Rotary Foundation for our third grant for Child AIDS Prevention in Liberia, we look forward to our next big effort: helping Los Altos resident and Rotary Club member Allart Ligtenberg launch Child AIDS Prevention in Nepal.

You can help by including the nonprofit Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project in your year-end giving. Make a tax-deductible donation online (rotaryAIDSproject.org) or by check (Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project, PO Box 794, Los Altos 94023).

As Nelson Mandela said on World AIDS Day 2000, “Give a child love, laughter and peace, not AIDS.”

Thank you for the important Rotary service your contribution will enable.

Marlene Cowan and representatives of the Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project

Something missing from letter?

After reading the Town Crier letter from Myra Orta (“Bullying starts with the parents,” Dec. 11), I realized that there was some vital information that had been omitted.

Here is my simple request: In the future, when the Town Crier decides to publish a letter like this, please append an editor’s note informing us of the date, time and location where we can pick up the torches and pitchforks.

Thanks for your future help.

Tony Lima

Los Altos

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