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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

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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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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No nepotism cited in hiring of MV-LA business superintendent

Residents continue to register surprise upon learning that Robyn Phillips, the new assistant superintendent of business services at the Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District, is the wife of former superintendent Don Phillips.

Phillips, who did not mention that she was Don's wife for a recent Town Crier article, said she would have disclosed the information had she been asked.

"Basically, I have earned my own professional qualifications and reputation. This is a good place and a good opportunity," she said about working in the district.

Board president Judy Hannemann said Phillips' relationship to Don did not play a part in the board's decision to hire her.

"If anything, it caused us to look at her twice as hard," Hannemann said. "We knew (hiring Phillips) would open us up to questions."

Hannemann said the board knew Phillips was interested in the position, but opened up the search and advertised for more candidates.

The board was looking for someone who had experience in working in school finance, managing, accounting, planning and construction operations, as well as someone who could communicate well, she said.

Hannemann said Phillips "had all of those qualifications."

Superintendent Rich Fischer said the district conducted a full-nationwide search for the position, which included advertising in the educational trade magazine, EdCal. He said of the 25 applicants who applied for the position, the top five were screened by two interview teams.

He said a nine-member committee of parents, teachers and administrators interviewed the candidates about their leadership skills. A second committee interviewed the candidates about their technical abilities and their knowledge of things such as budget issues, basic aid districts and construction and bonding.

"It was a fairly long process," Fischer said. "She was the best candidate."

Phillips comes from the Cupertino Union School District where she has served as assistant superintendent of fiscal services for the past 5 1/2 years. She holds a doctorate from Harvard University and has 10 years of experience in education. Phillips has taught finance economics and public policy at Santa Clara University and the University of California, San Diego.

Phillips is filling a vacancy left by Bob Golton, who resigned Oct. 1 to serve as business manager for the Palo Alto Unified School District. He joins Don Phillips, who left earlier this year for the top post in the district.

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