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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


Ellie Van HOutte/Town Crier
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

Rotary marks 25th anniversary of AIDS project

Rotary marks 25th anniversary of AIDS project


John Hammerschmidt/Special to the Town Crier
Celebrating the anniversary of the Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project are, from left, front row: Greg Hoblit, Dude Angius, Mary Prochnow and Robin Young. Back: Greg Betts, Joe Renati, Roy Lave, Bob Berka, Dic...

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Sports

Pinewood poised for another title run

Pinewood poised for another title run


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
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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Special Sections

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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Police arrest Foothill College student on murder charges

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Police Friday caught up with the fugitive wanted for shooting a Mountain View police officer last week and suspected of killing a Burlingame bank manager during a string of violent Peninsula robberies.

Seti Scanlan, 24, who eluded police during a high-speed chase that ended in East Palo Alto Nov. 1, remained on the run for a week. Oregon police arrested him in Beaverton on a warrant for two counts of armed robbery and four counts of attempted murder after Scanlan surrendered, said Mountain View police spokesman Jim Bennett.

Scanlan worked at Trader Joe's in Mountain View while attending Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, acquaintances and school officials confirmed.

Police linked him to the fatal Wells Fargo bank robbery in Burlin-game and possibly a falafel restaurant robbery in Palo Alto earlier this year.

Burlingame Police Chief George Missel told reporters that Scanlan is "one of the most dangerous, if not the most dangerous, person that we've had to deal with on the Peninsula in my 32 years in law enforcement."

Scanlan and his partners Manny Liu and Amu Wynn allegedly robbed a Carl's Jr. Restaurant and Bay Food Mart on Middlefield Road at 9:50 p.m. last week before fleeing police in a high speed chase during which time they fired several shots at pursuing officers, hitting one in the face.

The chase ended in East Palo Alto, where police arrested Liu and Wynn on two counts of armed robbery and four counts of attempted murder. Scanlan escaped on foot.

Police said Scanlan lived with his girlfriend in an apartment on California Street.

He enrolled in the Foothill-De Anza Community College District last July, school officials said. He is currently enrolled in a fall quarter social studies class on the Middlefield campus in Mountain View, school officials confirmed. Company officials from Trader Joe's would neither confirm nor deny the claim that Scanlan worked there.

Just days before the shooting, Scanlan told a schoolmate that he wasn't going to be on campus much longer - he planned to quit school.

Mountain View Officer Cary Shueh, who has served in the department for three years, was recovering at home from a gunshot wound to his face last week.

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