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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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MV boys struggle against Mustangs


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Cory Fitz, shooting, led Mountain View High with 11 points Friday against Homestead.

It might be time to declare a drought in Mountain View. A scoring drought, that is. The Mountain View High boys basketball team continues to struggle when it comes to producing points.

The Spartans opened SCVAL De Anza Division play with a 49-31 loss to visiting Homestead Friday night and fell 53-40 at Sacred Heart Prep Saturday in non-league action.

Mountain View (4-9 overall) is averaging just 38.7 points per game.

“To say we’re inconsistent is to put it too optimistically,” coach Jim Forthoffer said. “We sometimes shoot very poorly, but once in a while we have a nice shooting game.”

The Spartans have reached the 50s only twice – and lost both games. The team’s highest-scoring game came in a 63-55 setback to St. Ignatius Jan. 3.

“We had a great shooting night against St. Ignatius, although we lost, but it was a close game and a moral victory,” Forthoffer said. “We’ve also had some horrible shooting nights.”

Count Friday among them. Mountain View made just 11 of 42 shots from the field and was a woeful seven of 32 from 3-point range. The Spartans’ starting backcourt went scoreless.

Cory Fitz was the only Mountain View player in doubles figures (11 points); fellow forward Blake Jarrell was the team’s next-best scorer (seven).

Fitz and Jarrell, both seniors, combined to score all nine of the Spartans’ points in the opening quarter. Fitz made the game’s first basket (a putback) and drilled a 3-pointer in the closing minute. Jarrell capped the quarter with a midrange jumper, cutting Homestead’s lead to 14-9.

Fitz buried back-to-back 3s late in the second quarter – Mountain View’s only field goals in the period. The Spartans trailed 25-17 at intermission.

The Mustangs (8-4 overall) pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring Mountain View 15-6. Guard Troy Whitford, a Los Altos resident, notched five of his game-high 17 points in the period.

“Troy is a heck of a player,” Forthoffer said, “and it’s hard to contain him.”

Whitford spearheaded Homestead’s 7-0 run to begin the fourth, scoring five points. The senior made a putback, a free throw and a spinning scoop shot.

Mountain View’s first points of the fourth came at the 3:12 mark when reserve guard Kevin Ives drained a 3-pointer from the left side. The Mustangs still had a comfortable lead, however, at 47-26.

The Spartans are scheduled to visit Los Gatos 7 p.m. today.


2013 boys basketball: Mountain View High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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