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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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Mountain View High girls soccer team driven to make CCS playoffs once again


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High freshman Allie Coyne heads the ball in last week’s game against Santa Clara

Don’t be fooled by the lack of licensed drivers on the Mountain View High girls soccer team – the Spartans are still steering toward a berth in the Central Coast Section playoffs.

“I think trying to make CCS is always the main goal for our program, so that doesn’t change,” said coach Ivan Bandov, whose young team is off to a 3-1 start.

Although Mountain View has an overwhelming number of underclassmen – 14 of the 19 players, nine of whom are sophomores – nearly half the team has varsity experience. Six of the eight returnees started on last season’s squad, which reached the playoffs after finishing second in the formidable SCVAL De Anza Division.

Midfielders Erica Higa and Danna Weintraub are tri-captains with another senior, defender Neha Cheemalavagu. Juniors Morgan Matthews and Morgan DeAngelis return to the starting lineup as well, along with fellow forward Ysabel Baluyot, a sophomore.

All but center back Cheemalavagu – whose main job is to prevent goals, not score them – produced points last season. They combined for 40 goals and 46 assists. Baluyot topped the team in goals (14), followed closely by Matthews (13). Higa’s 26 assists were more than three times as many as the next-best player in that category.

Matthews and Baluyot each scored a pair of goals in Mountain View’s 4-1 win over Santa Clara Dec. 10, while Higa notched two assists.

New starters include returnees Rachel Ng, a sophomore defender, and senior goalie Sophie Brotzel, who “has been solid,” Bandov said.

Three newcomers are also playing significant roles on the team.

“Freshman Allie Coyne has been terrific so far at left back and has played every minute so far,” Bandov said. “Freshman Grace Descourouez has seen a good amount of time at center mid as well. Sophomore Kasey Cruz has done a nice job for us as well.”

The Spartans may not be as deep as last season’s team (17-4-3 record; CCS semifinalist) or the previous year’s squad (17-2-3; CCS champion), but Bandov sees something special in these girls.

“We’ll have to overachieve to have similar seasons to the past, but one thing I really like about this team is we have amazing girls who work really hard,” he said. “(There are) no attitudes or egos that will get in the way of creating a great chemistry. That’s one thing that will help us have a successful season, I think.”

Mountain View – which lost 3-1 at Menlo Thursday despite outshooting the Knights 21-3 – is slated to face Hillsdale 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Burlingame Tournament.

2013 girls soccer: Mountain View High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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