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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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McConnell leads Cal Poly in kills in her senior season


Moving back to the position she played so well at Mountain View High, Megan McConnell thrived at outside hitter on the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo women’s volleyball team last fall.

The 6-foot-1 senior led the Mustangs in kills, earned Big West Conference Player of the Week honors and was twice named Cal Poly Student-Athlete of the Week.

“I think this was definitely my best season,” McConnell said. “I hadn’t played outside hitter since my freshman year, because I redshirted and then got converted to middle blocker for two years. I had matured a lot since freshman year, so I finally felt like I was making a bigger impact, both as a player and a leader.”

McConnell totaled 333 kills – 69 more than the team’s second-best player in this category – and her 281 digs ranked third on the squad.

As far as numbers go, however, McConnell was most concerned with wins – which weren’t easy to come by during her college career. Cal Poly posted only one winning season while she was on the team.

The Mustangs went 12-17 this season, but their fifth-place finish in conference exceeded expectations.

“We didn’t have too many big wins over the course of my career, but this year we opened conference play with sweeps of Long Beach and Irvine,” McConnell said. “We were projected to finish eighth in conference, so those wins shocked a lot of people.”

The lack of continuity probably hindered Cal Poly in recent years – McConnell played for three coaches during her time there – but she and her fellow seniors persevered.

“I’m most proud of how my class finished our senior year,” she said. “The three of us completed five years of service and never gave up.”

McConnell, on track to graduate in the spring with a degree in business, already has a job lined up.

“I’ve signed an offer to work full time for eBay Inc. After graduation,” she said. “I don’t plan on playing anymore (volleyball), but I plan on coaching and staying involved that way.”

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