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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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SVCF disburses grants to local organizations

The Mountain View-based Silicon Valley Community Foundation has awarded more than $2.2 million in grants to support organizations in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties that are improving disadvantaged students’ skills in mathematics, helping immigrants learn English to progress in the workforce and combating predatory lending practices.

“Silicon Valley Community Foundation has targeted these grants to organizations that can really make a difference at crucial points in people’s lives,” said Erica Wood, SVCF’s vice president of community leadership and grantmaking. “Students who conquer math in middle school have more academic success lifelong. People who learn English become more productive members of the local economy and more integrated into Silicon Valley. Avoiding the harmful cycle of payday lending helps build people’s financial security.”

Grant amounts range from $15,000 to $238,500 and are spread among three of the foundation’s focus areas: education, immigrant integration and economic security.

Local grantees include the Community Services Agency of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View ($25,000); ALearn ($73,465); and the Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College ($60,000).

Of the total amount granted, $748,465 will go to support 18 organizations whose programs align with the foundation’s grantmaking strategy for education. The grants are directed toward supporting out-of-school programs – those offered before and after school and during summer break – for students struggling to succeed in math, many of whom are students of color and/or from low-income families.

The out-of-school education grantees include the Silicon Valley Education Foundation, $75,000, for an intensive algebra-readiness program for more than 1,000 incoming eighth-graders during the summer.

Seventeen organizations received a total of $801,910 for developing and maintaining programs and processes for immigrants to learn English.

The foundation awarded $673,500 to five nonprofit organizations that fight the expansion of payday lending operations.

For a complete list of grants, visit siliconvalleycf.org.

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