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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 girls top Los Altos on last-minute goal

After a string of ties to begin league play, the Mountain View High girls soccer team desperately needed a win – and the Spartans got one with a last-minute goal against rival Los Altos last week.

Morgan Matthews delivered the game’s lone goal in the 80th minute, racing past a defender to receive a through pass from Isabel De Armas and boot it into the right side of the net Jan. 22.

“It was an important result for us,” said Mountain View coach Ivan Bandov, whose squad opened SCVAL De Anza Division play by tying Homestead, Los Gatos and Palo Alto. “It’s nice we haven’t lost in over a month, but you need wins eventually to make CCS, which is the No. 1 goal.”

The Spartans earned another win Friday, routing Monta Vista 8-0. Matthews made three goals; Erin Higa scored one and notched three assists.

Mountain View improved to 2-0-3 in league and 6-2-4 overall.

Los Altos, defending Central Coast Section Division II champ, bounced back Friday by defeating Homestead 3-0. Rebecca Andrews scored two goals; Katie Winter had a goal and an assist.

The victory boosted the Eagles’ record to 3-1-1 in league and 5-3-2 overall.

St. Francis scored a goal in each half to beat host Sacred Heart Cathedral 2-0 Jan. 22 in West Catholic Athletic League play. Maddie Vukcevich scored the initial goal and assisted Annie Kingman on the second.

The Lancers improved to 4-3 in league and 9-4 overall.

Shorthanded Pinewood fell 1-0 to host Notre Dame-San Jose Thursday. The Panthers, competing with just 10 players, held Notre Dame scoreless into the final 20 minutes of action.

Coach Michael Tetzlaff said his girls “held up nicely against a team with a lot of substitutes, but “ultimately we were outnumbered, and they were able to slip a goal past our defense.”

Coupled with Saturday’s 4-0 loss at King’s Academy, Pinewood fell to 2-4-0 in the WBAL Foothill Division and 3-11-0 overall.

Boys basketball

Host Pinewood crushed Crystal Springs Uplands 67-25 Friday.

The Panthers (3-1 WBAL, 11-3 overall) led 37-13 at intermission. Ryan Brice paced Pinewood with 18 points; Jordan Riches had 14.

St. Francis’ struggles in the WCAL continued last week. The Lancers lost both games, slumping to 1-5 in league, 11-5 overall.

They fell 72-48 to visiting St. Ignatius Friday and lost 61-49 at Sacred Heart Cathedral Jan. 22.

No St. Francis player scored double-digit points Friday; Brycen Carbonel tallied 13 points against Sacred Heart.

Girls basketball

Jayme Hughes’ buzzer-beating 3-pointer lifted Mountain View to a 55-54 win over Palo Alto Friday. Natalie Lillie – double teamed in the back court – lobbed the pass to Hughes, who turned and fired the shot from approximately 30 feet.

Hughes totaled 21 points to lead the host Spartans (2-3 De Anza Division, 10-6 overall).

Los Altos extended its winning streak to 12 games by beating Homestead 57-40 Friday.

Meghan McDermott scored 22 points for the visiting Eagles, who upped their record to 5-0 in the SCVAL El Camino Division and 13-3 overall.

Boys soccer

Despite missing its top two scorers from last season, the Mountain View boys keep winning. The Spartans improved to 3-1 in the De Anza Division and 9-2-1 overall with last week’s 6-0 thumping of rival Los Altos.

Mountain View is playing without last year’s leading scorer, Guillermo Burger, who decided not to play this season, according to coach Jim McGuirk, and two weeks ago lost this year’s leading scorer, Brad Bumgarner, to an ankle injury.

The Spartans have compensated with a balanced attack. In the Jan. 22 rout of Los Altos and 3-2 win over Palo Alto in their previous game, a total of seven players scored goals.

“The guys are stepping up and playing well without Brad,” said McGuirk, who doesn’t know when Bumgarner (12 goals) will return.

Against Los Altos, Collin Hurst and Jim Radford each notched a goal and an assist. Josue Aguilar, Logan Allen, Andrew Bossett and Johann Pistorius scored Mountain View’s other goals.

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