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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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On second thought : European Cobblery reverses course, stays in downtown Los Altos


Ellie Van Houtte/
Steven Oberhauser, background, looks on as his father-in-law, Paul Roth, repairs a pair of women’s shoes at the European Cobblery at 201 First St.Town Crier

A longtime Los Altos family business thought to be on its way out of the downtown area recently received a new lease on life. Actually, it just received a new lease – literally.

The European Cobblery owner Paul Roth told the Town Crier last week that his family’s business at 201 First St. is staying put after negotiating a new lease with property owner Passerelle Investment Co. The turn of events comes after the Roth family announced in November that it planned to end its 28-year stay in downtown Los Altos by closing the store at the end of January.

Roth, who noted that the new lease agreement came together in the “past couple of weeks,” plans to manage the store along with his wife, Desiree. His daughter and son-in-law, Stephanee and Steven Oberhauser, are in the midst of transitioning to help manage the family’s Palo Alto store at 410 California Ave. after previously overseeing daily operations at the Los Altos location.

The couple is partnering with another of Roth’s daughters, Jessica, and her husband to manage the Palo Alto store.

“We didn’t want to leave, but we take life as ‘you get what you’re going to get,’” said Roth, who added that his family was particularly moved by the outpouring of support it received from longtime customers after disclosing plans to shutter the store late last year. “I think the community really hated the idea of losing us because what we do is kind of irreplaceable.”

Roth said the change of plans actually results in an expansion of the family business. He and his wife opened a new downtown Campbell location in early December to serve as a second family business location once the Los Altos store closed for good. By keeping his doors open in Los Altos, he added, the family now has three cobblery locations to call its own.

“I’ve had five stores to juggle before, so we’ll be able to handle it,” Roth said assuredly.

Reinforcements to run the expanded family business have already arrived, Roth said. He noted that his youngest daughter, Jennifer, and her husband are beginning to get involved with the family business and plan to help run the new Campbell location. In addition, Roth’s son, Brandon, will lend a hand from time to time.

With any luck, Roth said, the family’s Los Altos store will stick around for a long time to come.

“We just really want to thank everyone who helped us stay and for all the kind thoughts and support,” he said with a grin. “Hopefully, we’ll keep this thing going for another 28 years.”

For more information, visit europeancobblery.com.

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