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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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Second-half surge powers Eagles past Spartans 53-38


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Daniel Rosenbaum shoots over Mountain View High’s Joey Williams in last week’s league game.

With each game, the Los Altos High boys basketball team looks more like the team to beat in the SCVAL De Anza Division. The Eagles’ biggest obstacle may be the Eagles.

“We’ve got the opportunity in front of us and we can play with anybody,” said coach Bob McFarlane, whose team is off to a 5-0 start in league. “It’s just a matter of almost getting out of our own way at times and focusing on the team and what the team’s trying to accomplish.”

Last week’s 53-38 rout of rival Mountain View exemplified that. After a ragged first half in which they led just 21-20, the Eagles pulled away with an 18-5 third-quarter run Jan. 22.

“In the first half, we were kind of trying to get our own shots and weren’t really moving the ball,” McFarlane said. “As soon as we came out in the second half, we had nice ball movement and executed our plays and all of a sudden we had shots. We kind of caught fire and defensively played as a team versus individually.”

Mountain View scored first in the second half – on a putback by Joey Williams – but host Los Altos put up the next seven points. Joey Malgesini accounted for five of those points, starting with a top-of-the-key 3. The senior finished with a game-high 17 points.

“They run a zone (defense),” Malgesini said of the Spartans. “We had to adjust to that and find what looks we could get off of that because it’s very different and we’re not used to it. Once we did, we really started to execute and play our game – and it showed on the scoreboard.”

After Mountain View scored on two free throws by Kevin Ives (team-high 13 points) to cut the deficit to 28-24, Los Altos went on a devastating 11-1 run to close the quarter. Daniel Rosenbaum poured in nine points during the spurt, making a baseline jumper, three drives and a free throw. The junior finished with 12 points.

Ahead 39-25 entering the fourth, the Eagles maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way. Malgesini drained two 3-pointers – he made five in the game – and Lambie Lanman scored four of his seven points.

Steven Garverick totaled 15 points for Los Altos, seven of those coming in the first quarter.

The Eagles followed this win with another Friday: 53-43 at Homestead. Los Altos (13-5 overall) outscored the Mustangs 20-12 in the fourth quarter.

Malgesini tallied 19 points and Rosenbaum added 14.

The Eagles are slated to host Los Gatos – the only team they have yet to play in league – 7 p.m. today.

Mountain View, meanwhile, is scheduled to visit Saratoga at the same time.

The Spartans rebounded from the loss to Los Altos by topping host Palo Alto 35-31 Friday.

Mountain View held the Vikings to just eight points in the second half – and only two of those came in the final quarter.

Corey Fitz paced the Spartans with 10 points.

Mountain View improved to 2-3 in the De Anza Division and 6-11 overall.

“I think we’re competitive – more competitive than we look on paper,” Spartans assistant coach DJ Kobza said. “We’re a pretty scrappy team. I think we can be in the mix in league.”


2013 boys basketball: Los Altos High School v. Mountain View High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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