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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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Cybersecurity expert Coleman addresses Forum on how to guard against dangers of the Internet


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A cybersecurity expert cautioned against the dangers of the Internet in a Nov. 19 Morning Forum of Los Altos presentation, “The Challenges of Cybersecurity: National and Personal.”

Bill Coleman, chairman and CEO of the cybersecurity firm Resilient Systems Inc. and director of Business Executives for National Security, discussed how to protect computers and computer systems from unauthorized attacks.

According to Coleman, during the next 20 years, people’s lives will become even more dependent on the Internet. He said that while computers help in many aspects of our lives, the Internet can be scary. Without cybersecurity, he added, all privacy will be destroyed.

The Internet presently is not being used in the most secure way, Coleman said, which allows criminals to act with impunity as they obtain personal information. And threats are escalating, he noted.

“Our governments can’t protect us adequately because cyber attacks occur at network speed, while our defensive responses are at human speed,” he said.

Coleman said the U.S. is the most vulnerable and least protected country, because it depends heavily on the Internet and remains the biggest target.

“Many individuals and corporations do not have state-of-the-art security systems,” he said. “The public lacks awareness of the immensity of the problem. Cybercrime constitutes the biggest transfer of wealth in history.”

To combat the problem, the U.S. government oversees more than 20 agencies working to protect cyberspace. Unfortunately, Coleman said, the agencies are not well coordinated. Moreover, he added, there are inadequate laws to protect U.S. citizens.

Cybercrime is tough to combat, Coleman said, because it is well funded by professional crime syndicates, and governments as well as individuals commit cybercrime. Russia is the world leader in consumer cybercrime, while China is the world leader in cyberespionage (stealing intellectual property), he noted.

Coleman advised people to protect themselves in cyberspace by using security software with automatic updates, performing frequent security scans, using a separate credit card for online financial transactions and selecting strong passwords and changing them often. He warned against online banking, unless the user has a really secure system. He suggested only opening online documents “if you trust them.”

Coleman concluded that even though many bad things are occurring in the cyberworld, he is optimistic and believes that the U.S. is making progress in regards to cybersecurity.

The Morning Forum of Los Altos is a members-only lecture series that meets at Los Altos United Methodist Church. For membership details and more information, visit morning forum.com.

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