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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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Los Altos PREPARE graduates first CERT class


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Members of Los Altos PREPARE CERT class practice their cribbing skills, left, by elevating a dumpster during graduation-day exercises Dec. 7.

The 21 Los Altos residents who graduated from Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training Dec. 7 represented a reinvigorated response to local efforts to boost emergency preparedness skills.

Inspired by a series of Town Crier articles on Los Altos Hills’ CERT training last spring, Los Altos resident Heidi Sloss set out to become a member – and realized that Los Altos no longer conducted CERT training. Although the city of Los Altos Recreation Department offers Personal Emergency Preparedness classes, CERT classes were offered only through the county.

Seeking an option that would make training more convenient and accessible for Los Altos residents, Sloss spearheaded the effort to resurrect CERT training this fall through Los Altos PREPARE, a Los Altos Community Foundation program that aims to connect, educate and prepare residents for responding to emergencies.

Following 15 hours of class instruction and skills building over five weeks, Los Altos participants applied their CERT experience in four hours of exercises that tested their knowledge and skills.

Volunteer CERT members and local fire personnel provided instruction to participants as they used fire extinguishers, practiced splinting and bandaging, performed search-and-rescue exercises, communicated via two-way radio and worked together to hoist heavy objects in simulated-incident scenarios.

Sloss said she plans to organize two more trainings in 2014. Los Altos CERT members who want to refresh their skills can enroll in a continuing education course.

“There just aren’t enough fire, police and paramedics to respond to a major emergency,” she said.

For more information on Los Altos PREPARE, visit losaltoscf.org/losaltosprepare.

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