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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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LA Council gives final approval to climate plan


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The Los Altos Climate Action Plan, approved last week, includes bicycle and pedestrian measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
LA Council gives final approval to climate plan

The Los Altos City Council last week voted unanimously to adopt the city’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) – a policy that outlines reductions in Los Altos’ greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

In addition, the council voted 5-0 in favor of certifying a negative declaration of environmental impact for the plan.

The move comes after a unanimous vote in September to initiate an environmental review of the CAP, which aims to reduce the city’s emissions to at least its 1990 levels. The CAP specifically calls for a reduction of as much as 17 percent below the city’s 2005 level of 182,830 metric tons of carbon-dioxide equivalent.

Los Altos resident Gary Hedden, a member of the city’s Environmental Commission speaking on his own behalf, urged the council to move forward, noting that the CAP “makes sense” by including reduction measures such as pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure improvements.

“We all realize that Los Altos cannot solve the greenhouse gas emissions problem on its own – no city can,” he said. “Nevertheless, we can do something. We can approve this plan.”

According to a city staff report, the Los Altos plan falls in line with the state’s Global Warming Solutions Act, passed in 2006, which outlines a statewide goal of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

The city council took the following additional actions at its Dec. 10 meeting.

Agreement allows ‘double badging’

The council voted unanimously to direct Los Altos City Manager Marcia Somers to develop an agreement that would allow some of the city’s police officers to work in a similar role at the new 49ers football stadium.

According to a staff report, the indemnity agreement among Los Altos, the city of Santa Clara and the Santa Clara Stadium Authority would allow the Santa Clara Police Department to officially hire – or “double badge” – off-duty Los Altos officers as reserve police. The purpose behind the practice, the report stated, is to allow some Los Altos officers – as well as those from other agencies – to serve as peace officers at Levi’s Stadium, the home of the San Francisco 49ers beginning in 2014.

The indemnity agreement essentially releases Los Altos from liability from actions taken by officers working under the Santa Clara Police Department’s double-badging system.

New commissioners fill vacancies

The council voted unanimously to appoint five new Los Altos residents to fill seats on the city’s Design Review, Financial and Senior commissions.

The council appointed residents Ray Ahshordi, Amy Pearl and Ritu Varma to serve on the Financial Commission, which had two vacancies with terms expiring in February 2018 and an unexpired seat that ends in February 2016.

Paul Gonella will fill an unexpired term through February 2015 on the city’s Senior Commission, and Tracey Moison a term that expires in February 2018 on the Design Review Commission.

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