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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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Los Altos Hills burglaries spike in 2013

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office spent considerable time chasing burglars in 2013 as the rate of home break-ins in Los Altos Hills unexpectedly rose.

The Sheriff’s Office responded to 40 incidents over the past 12 months. During the previous eight years, the officers reported an average of 22 burglaries annually.

“In the larger perspective of state and national averages, it’s actually quite low,” said Sheriff’s Office Capt. Kenneth Binder. “However, we feel that 40 burglaries a year is still too high for LAH.”

Although the victims of home crimes may never sleep soundly after their homes have been burglarized, the Sheriff’s Office identified and arrested 45 percent of the perpetrators. Binder noted that many other municipalities report solving only approximately 10 percent of cases.

The recent arrest of Nicole Sosa of San Jose, who allegedly broke into 11 Los Altos Hills residences by climbing through open windows, was a major coup for the Sheriff’s Office. Officers also apprehended two juveniles from Santa Rosa and Windsor as they attempted to vault a fence to escape the scene of a June burglary.

A number of cases remain unsolved, but surveillance video, like the footage provided by a Berry Hill Lane homeowner in December, allows the law enforcement team to identify criminals retroactively. Two of the three suspects in the video were identified, and other cases remain under investigation.

The Sheriff’s Office relies on the eyes and ears of residents in its crime-fighting efforts.

“Anywhere there are people, anywhere there are homes, there is going to be crime,” Binder said. “But we want to help people reduce the odds, and that’s what we’re doing.”

To keep residents apprised of crime prevention strategies, the Sheriff’s Office engages neighborhood watch groups and hosts an annual crime prevention forum, usually scheduled at town hall in April.

Binder encourages residents to continue reporting suspicious activity in Los Altos Hills to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office at (408) 299-2311.

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