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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


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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Letters to the Editor

Hoping LASD promises come true

I was appointed by the Los Altos Hills City Council to work with our school districts to assure the return of neighborhood public education to our town. I have been encouraged that the Los Altos School District appears ready to reopen a public school at the Bullis site.

I am also encouraged by the recent letter written by LASD trustee David Pefley, as long as he and the rest of the LASD board follow through on the commitments he mentions.

More specifically, Pefley states, "It has been announced many times already that Bullis-Purissima is being opened in August 2008 as a neighborhood school, not a districtwide enrollment school."

However, this statement will not be accurate if 100-plus spaces remain taken by the districtwide all-day kindergarten program at the Bullis site, which some board members have advocated keeping in place (even through major construction).

Pefley goes on to say, "The taxpayers in the Bullis neighborhood will enjoy the same facilities and programs enjoyed by other residents of Los Altos." Even though we in Los Altos Hills are not "other residents of Los Altos," I hope this statement finally comes true, meaning that Bullis will be reopened as a K-6 with programs comparable to other district schools. The sample configuration showing a K-3 ramp-up would not fulfill this promise.

I remain optimistic and applaud Pefley's promises. Now is the time for the LASD board to make them come true.

Bart Carey

Planning Commissioner

Los Altos Hills

Sacred courts or private business?

Your article of March 28 regarding the school district's stand on locking out the citizens of Los Altos from one-third of the courts at Los Altos High School quoted Joe White, associate superintendent for business services, as saying, "but school activities get first priority."

On the same day the article came out, I happened to be playing tennis at the school and noticed the sacred courts were being used for tennis lessons for a younger-than-high-school-aged child.

When I asked the instructor if he were giving private lessons, he said yes, indicated he was a Los Altos High School coach and acknowledged he was being paid for giving private lessons.

I can now understand why the school district wants to keep the sacred courts closed to the taxpaying citizens: so the tennis coaches at the school can have a private tennis club using public courts without paying for them.

The argument that these sacred courts must be kept pristine for the high school team doesn't hold water.

I would like Los Altos High School administrators to explain their business operation and the school district to explain just what they consider school activities. Is the school's argument that the public will damage the sacred courts just a ruse to keep a private business venture going?

William F. Moniz

Los Altos

Associate Superintendent Joe White responds: The tennis coach referenced in his letter does not receive free use of the four locked courts. He is required to rent the facilities from the school district, as well as provide a certificate of insurance protecting the school district from liability.

Our current rate for renting the tennis courts ranges from $2-$6 per hour per court. The rental fees help defray the cleaning and maintenance costs for the 12 tennis courts at the school.

Having private lessons assigned to the four locked tennis courts first allows community members to have access to the other eight courts.

The school district does maintain a student-first priority at all times and will rent to organizations outside of those priority times if the organization abides by our use of facility policy.

No auxiliary prompt should be necessary

The recent articles about innovations and recognition for achievement at El Camino Hospital reinforce community pride in our hospital.

As an auxiliary member for over 40 years, I'm keenly aware of the many levels of support by which the volunteers contribute to the fine care given to ECH patients.

There's a hand-and-glove connection between hospital staff and auxilians.

Thus it was disappointing to discover that the auxiliary now is advertising for new members, although I applaud the outreach.

Volunteerism provides major benefits to the giver and the recipient. The "warm glow of service" can enhance healing while enriching the individual who selflessly contributes the small gift of time.

ECH dispenses great medical care - supplemented by caring volunteers. Our hospital has always served our community well.

Our community should come forward to serve ECH by joining our hospital auxiliary.

Jane Seaman

Los Altos

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