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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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LAH council urges county probe into quarry blasts

A recent increase in blasts originating at the Lehigh Southwest Cement Co. quarry near Los Altos Hills is causing a bit of a shakeup. Unsure of whether the mining blasts could have a larger impact on seismic activity, the Los Altos Hills City Council plans to ask the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors to conduct a study to assess the situation.

“We have a combination going on at Lehigh with both blasting and blasting on fault lines,” said Los Altos Hills resident Bill Almon, explaining why he requested that councilmembers consider action.

Observing an increase in blasts from the 1,288-acre quarry, Almon gathered seismic data from the U.S. Geological Survey that recorded 23 earthquakes and 66 blasts ranging from 0.64 to 2.95 on the Richter scale in 2013. Concerned that some of the blasts could possibly induce or contribute to seismic activity along the Berrocal Fault, which lies below the plant, or the nearby Altamont, Monta Vista or San Andreas faults, Almon contacted the State Mining and Geology Board and the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors urging further investigation – to no avail.

“What we would like would be for the knowledgeable agencies to look into the problem and either say there is a problem or not,” Almon said. “From a common-sense point of view, it seems like you shouldn’t (be blasting) on a fault line.”

Councilmembers expressed interest in the issue and voted unanimously to engage their colleagues at the county and state levels.

“The only thing we can do is send a letter to the board of supervisors requesting a study and more in-depth information,” said Councilman Gary Waldeck. “(The U.S. Geological Survey and county supervisors are) taking the wait-and-see attitude, and I’d like to see more alacrity at this point.”

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