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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

Don’t drive small businesses out

It looks as if our community may lose a small, independent business, The Milk Pail, to a very dense development that will increase crowding and traffic.

The change in zoning that would allow this would happen in the name of “smart growth.” According to “smart growth” advocates, we would preserve rural land by making the Bay Area more crowded and polluted.

This is not realistic. If someone owns land in a rural area and that land can be built on, then he or she will develop that land if and when he or she chooses.

The United States constitutes roughly 5 percent of the world population, yet we consume at least 25 percent of the world’s resources. We do not need any more development in the Bay Area.

I hope that Mountain View residents will rise up as the “No on Measure D” Palo Altans did, to stop this terrible zoning change.

Jennifer Couperus

Mountain View

Call issued to help wounded vet

I am on the board of the San Jose Travel Industry Professionals, and every December, we host a fundraising dinner. We pick a local charity to give our funds to.

When I heard about Army Sgt. Brian Jergens, I thought it was a good idea to share his story in case you would like to help.

Brian and his wife, Jennifer, both 18, had been married for a few months when she received a call that Brian, a medic, had been gravely injured when an explosive device hit his Humvee. He lost his legs and suffered brain injury, hearing loss, internal organ damage, a broken neck and severe damage to his right elbow. He was transferred to the Veterans Administration Hospital in Palo Alto. It has been two years of hell for him, and when they were told that the organization Homes for Our Troops would be giving him a special adapted home Dec. 12, they were thrilled and moved to Hollister.

Last July, another miracle happened: They had a 7-pound boy, Jackson.

This young couple could use help as they are starting off with little in the way of possessions.

If anyone would like to donate a gift card, that would be great. If you want to give a check and take a tax deduction, the check should be made payable to “Homes for Our Troops, for Brian Jergens.” Send donations to Maureen Jones, All Horizons Travel, 160 Main St., Los Altos 94022, Attention: Brian Jergens Fund.

Call me with any questions at 941-5810.

Maureen Jones

Los Altos

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