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Council seeks more options for community center

Council seeks more options for community center


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The Los Altos City Council approved an appropriation to examine options for a new community center to replace the aging Hillview facility.

The Los Altos City Council last week voted narrowly in favor of examining further opti...

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Schools

Local schools participate in  national Hour of Code activities

Local schools participate in national Hour of Code activities


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Himan Shu Raj, a volunteer from Microsoft, advises Los Altos High ninth-graders, from left, Serhat Suzer, Jamie Bennett and Chris Yang as they participate in the school’s Hour of Code Showcase.

Local schools participa...

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Community

Take a dive into the holiday archive

Take a dive into the holiday archive

Town Crier staff made a quick cruise back through the newspaper's archives to find some late-December reading as inspiration for eating, drinking, decorating and more:

Beloved holiday books build the spirit of the season and staff at Los Altos’ Li...

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Sports

Pinewood poised for another title run

Pinewood poised for another title run


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Pinewood’s girls basketball team is receiving contributions from several new players, including freshman Stella Kailahi, above.

Complacency shouldn’t be a problem for the defending Division V state champion Pinewood S...

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Letters to the Editor

Ticket motorists for U-turns on Main Street

As I was walking downtown on Main Street recently, something came to me out of the blue. The town of Los Altos is missing out on a huge revenue stream. I realized that if all the cars – there were th...

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Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead


s in line to be mayor of Mountain View in 2015.

Mountain View anticipates the following changes in 2015:

• Beginning Jan. 1, Mountain View City Councilmembers will receive a raise to $1,000 per month as a result of the passage of Measure A in...

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Business

Your 2015 stock market game plan

It’s been a maddening month because of oil and gas, especially in stocks and bonds. Then, consumer spending pushed stocks higher Thursday, easing investors’ jitters about the global economy and prompting them to consider how to invest in ...

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Books

Gawande's

Gawande's "Being Mortal" proves an important book on aging


Books about death and dying are usually not on my list of “must reads.”

I couldn’t resist, however, the best-selling “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” (Metropolitan Books, 2014) by Atul Gawande.

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People

SANGEETA SACHDEVA

SANGEETA SACHDEVA

Sangeeta Sachdeva, 55, wife of Subhash Sachdeva and mother to Natasha and Tanya, died at 8:54pm, Sunday, December 7, 2014 from respiratory failure.

Sangeeta was born on October 18, 1959 in Delhi, India. She was born to Moti Sagar and Raj Kapoor an...

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Travel

South Tahoe renovations enhance off-mountain seasonal fun

As any enthusiast knows well, there is more to the enjoyment of winter sports than skiing or snowboarding.

While many winter resorts make minor upgrades each season, the off-mountain attractions and amenities can be as enticing as the activities on ...

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Stepping Out

Aurora Singers to emit 'Musical Glow' Friday

Aurora Singers to emit 'Musical Glow' Friday


courtesy of Aurora Singers
The Aurora Singers are scheduled to perform a seasonal concert Friday night in Palo Alto.

The Aurora Singers’ “Winter’s Musical Glow” holiday concert is set for 7 p.m. Friday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Pal...

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Spiritual Life

Enter the superhero: Finding the God who loves you

In my life-coaching practice, I see a lot of pain. Much of it stems from fear and guilt, often expressed as low self-esteem, anxiety, a lack of forgiveness both for oneself and others, anger – and so on.

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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Wealthy put their 'trust' in Northern

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Northern Trust has been trying to establish a presence in Los Altos over the past year. The 113-year-old Chicago-based holding company recently moved into its new building on Third Street, and most of us will be able to enjoy its range of services.

Northern Trust has a sophisticated array of private banking and trust services, along with world-class asset management capabilities. It has 82 offices in the United States, with assets that totaled $38.2 billion at the end of the first quarter.

"We are not designed to be a retail bank on every corner," said Jeffrey F. Yoakum, vice president. "We work with successful individuals and families to preserve and help grow their assets. Our intent is to provide distinct needs with customized services."

Northern Trust is one of the country's leading providers of trust and management services. It manages more than $337 billion in corporate and personal assets that consistently outperform leading market indices.

Yoakum remarked that Northern Trust is in good hands and in command of its future.

"We are still in our original charter for 113 years and never had a merger with other banks," he said. "The founding family owns 14 percent of the shares, and 29 percent of the stock is owned by the family, management and employees."

Northern Trust has spent more than $800 million on development of leading-edge technology in the financial structure.

Any client with a modem can review their Northern Trust account on the Internet.

As the private client service officer of the bank, Yoakum is responsible for business development. His responsibilities include talking to prospective clients and introducing the bank's services to the community.

Confidentiality is valued at Northern Trust. "We respect the client's desire to keep finances a private matter," Yoakum said.

Yoakum works with local attorneys and accountants to provide information on how the bank can relate to clients' needs. He is also empowered to work with non-profits locally.

"We have received a very warm reception from the community," Yoakum said. "And we have partnered with different local community organizations to help support their success."

Northern Trust has supported the Los Altos History Museum, Foothill and De Anza colleges, Los Altos Senior Center and numerous other local institutions.

The new Northern Trust building has several meeting rooms available for community use. The first meeting will be held Nov. 14, when the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce and LAVA will hold a special meeting to discuss issues that concern the city's future.

Yoakum said navigating the maze of financial alternatives available at the trust could be overwhelming. The services include providing a line of credit, customized loans, mortgage services, portfolio management and stock option financing. "Our management can guide you along the entire financial journey."

Northern Trust is located at 270 Third St., Los Altos. For more information on the bank's services, call 917-0234.

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