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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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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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Shortage of wrestlers has not stopped Los Altos from contending in division


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Zoe Morgan, top, competes against Santa Clara Thursday. She won her match. The senior has a shot of making the girls state championships, according to coach Randy Jimenez.

Imagine wrestling with one arm tied behind your back. That’s essentially what the Los Altos High wrestling team is doing this season.

The Eagles are able to use both arms, but they could use more of them. Los Altos doesn’t have a varsity wrestler heavier than 170 pounds, meaning it must forfeit four weight classes – 182, 195, 220 and 285 – at each meet.

“We’re going into every dual meet giving up 24 points,” Eagles coach Randy Jimenez said, “but we’re still competing. As small as we are, we go out there and kick butt.”

With Thursday’s 36-30 home win over Santa Clara – another shorthanded squad – Los Altos improved to 2-1 in the SCVAL El Camino Division.

Jimenez is confident the Eagles can win their last three dual meets to finish at or near the top of the division. Los Altos is scheduled to visit Homestead 6:30 p.m. Thursday, travel to Harker Feb. 6 and host Milpitas Feb. 13; all meets begin at 6:30 p.m.

“I think we can win out,” he said. “Our guys go hard. They bought in from the start and train hard.”

Five of the team’s 10 varsity wrestlers set the tempo, according to Jimenez. They are returnees Sean Lanoza (152 pounds), James Sobrino (145), Carter Lee (138), Briham Gonzales (132) and Brian Wang (120).

“These kids work really hard and put the team on their back,” the coach said.

Lanoza, a junior, sports a 9-5 record (including tournaments) and ranks among the top 10 in his weight class in the Central Coast Section. A standout running back on the Los Altos football team, Lanoza “transitioned almost effortlessly” to wrestling,” Jimenez said, and “has strength, skill and knowledge. He’s improved greatly from last year.”

Sobrino, a senior, is “a leg-riding kind of guy,” the coach said. “He’s really physical.”

Lanoza and Sobrino – along with juniors Lee and Gonzales – have the best shot of advancing to next month’s CCS meet, according to the coach, though he didn’t count out Wang, either.

“He works really hard,” Jimenez said of the junior,” and he’s showing a lot of improvement.”

Newcomer Joe Donnelly – a 106-pound freshman who recently transferred to Los Altos from Maryland – “could go to CCS, too,” the coach said. “He has a lot of experience.” Donnelly pinned his opponent in 1 minute, 55 seconds Thursday night.

Wrestlers who place high enough at the league meet – slated Feb. 15 at Monta Vista – advance to CCS, scheduled Feb. 28 and March 1 at Independence High.

The Eagles expect to have three representatives at the CCS girls championships, set for Feb. 7 and 8 at Oak Grove High. Jimenez said senior Zoe Morgan has the best chance of reaching the state tournament, slated Feb. 28 and March 1 in Visalia,

“She’s a beast,” Jimenez said. “She almost made it last year and she’s really hungry this year.”

Lancers top Bells

In a clash of West Catholic Athletic League rivals, host St. Francis beat Bellarmine 34-24 Thursday.

The Lancers won eight weight classes, with Jack Casarez (197 pounds) and Brandon Retuta (220) pinning their opponents from Bellarmine.

2013 wrestling: Los Altos High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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