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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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Mtn. View Briefs

Calling all teens for Open Mic Night

The city of Mountain View Recreation Division and the Youth Advisory Committee invite local teens to perform at the next Teen Open Mic Night, scheduled 7-9:30 p.m. Friday at Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., Mountain View.

Interested performers in grades 6-12 can reserve a spot by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with their performance type, contact information, school and grade. Performers may also register that night if space is available.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the Recreation Office at 903-6331, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit mountainview.gov.

Mountain View hires CIO

The city of Mountain View in November appointed Roger Jensen the city’s first chief information officer/information technology director.

City officials selected Jensen from a pool of more than 130 applicants. He has more than 25 years of experience in the technology field, most recently as senior vice president for technical operations at AlphaDetail Inc. in San Mateo for seven years. Jensen will report to City Manager Dan Rich and earn an annual salary of $173,000.

“As the home to some of the world’s leading technology companies, Mountain View has a very tech-savvy constituency,” Rich said. “I felt it was time to take our city’s technology services to the next level with focused, senior leadership of this critical function.”

According to Rich, Jensen has the “perfect combination” of technical and interpersonal skills to lead the IT department.

“His collaborative style, management skills and understanding of Silicon Valley will allow us to enhance our internal operations and technology services to the public in a cost-effective manner,” Rich said.

Jensen, a Mountain View resident, earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and an executive master’s degree in business administration from Santa Clara University.

Jensen will head the city’s IT department, overseeing planning and maintaining and managing the city’s information systems and communication networks.

“I am very excited for this opportunity to join my city’s management team,” he said.

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