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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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Police Blotter

DUI arrest

Dec. 14, 3:57 a.m., West El Camino Real and Grant Road: Police stopped a 30-year-old male motorist for driving at speeds exceeding 80 mph and later determined that he was under the influence of alcohol. He was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

Package thefts

Dec. 14, 12:56 to 2:35 p.m., 2500 block of Deodara Drive and 1700 block of Granger Avenue: An unknown suspect stole mail packages left on the front porches of two homes. Police believe the same suspect may be responsible for both thefts.

Dec. 15, 4:47 p.m., 400 block of Cypress Drive: An unknown suspect stole six packages left on a home’s front porch, plus other mail.

Dec. 17, 9:14 p.m., 100 block of South Clark Avenue: An unknown suspect stole a package containing a toy piano valued at $100 from a home’s front porch. Police, who noted that the theft occurred sometime between noon and 7:45 p.m., later found the packaging strewn in front of a home on Springer Terrace.

Dec. 17, 9:35 p.m., 300 block of Verano Drive: An unknown suspect stole a package from a home’s front porch between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. The victim declined to file a police report.

Injury accident/DUI

Dec. 15, 12:23 a.m., South El Monte Avenue and Foothill Expressway: A 62-year-old female motorist crashed her MINI Cooper into a light pole and was transported to Stanford Hospital with moderate injuries. Responding officers determined that the driver was driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. She was cited and later released from police custody.

Underage DUI

Dec. 15, 1:54 a.m., 100 block of North San Antonio Road: Police stopped a male motorist under the age of 21 for a moving violation and determined that he was driving under the influence of alcohol. He was cited and later released from police custody.

Auto burglary

Dec. 15, 1:13 p.m., 1100 block of Covington Road: An unknown suspect smashed the front passenger window and stole an iPhone from a vehicle.

Solo accident

Dec. 17, 12:30 a.m., 600 block of Distel Drive: A male motorist crashed his Bentley into a tree located in the middle of a cul-de-sac. Police said alcohol was not a factor in the accident.

– Diego Abeloos

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