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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


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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Mtn. View girls eke out another victory

Photo R. Alan Hwang/Special To The Town Crier

Mountain View High’s Sharissa Estremera, front, celebrates Friday’s win.

The Mountain View High girls basketball team isn’t the biggest or best-shooting squad in the league, yet here the Spartans are – sitting in first place.

Mountain View has a knack for winning close games, like Friday’s 44-42 decision over Lynbrook. The Spartans’ last five games have been decided by four points or less, and they’ve won all but one of them.

“It’s all about determination for us,” said coach Judy Auclair, whose team improved to 5-2 in the SCVAL De Anza Division and 12-7 overall. “We never feel we’re out of a game – we just keep playing. It doesn’t matter if it’s a two-point game or we’re down nine, we don’t feel anybody can beat us.”

The visiting Vikings, who came into Friday’s game tied for first, had their chances. They held a 38-34 lead entering the fourth quarter. But the spunky Spartans scored the next seven points, the last five by Sharissa Estremera (baseline drive and corner 3). The junior guard finished with a game-high 20 points that included four treys.

“Sharissa hit a lot of 3s and kept us in the game,” Auclair said.

Lynbrook snapped its scoreless streak with 4:56 left – on an inside basket by center Jordan Day (16 points) – but Mountain View quickly countered with an uncontested layup from guard Abish Alcaraz. Forward Tiffany Wooten added a free throw at the 3:22 mark, giving the Spartans a 44-40 advantage.

The teams then traded turnovers three times before the Vikings cut their deficit in half on a layin by guard Sharon Hao with 1:10 to go.

After Mountain View missed back-to-back drives, Lynbrook had two shots at tying the game. The Vikings took the ball to the basket both times, with Day’s drive through the middle bouncing off the rim at the buzzer.

The Spartans survived despite shooting only 29 percent from the field and missing 11 of their 15 attempts from 3-point range. But Mountain View forced 14 turnovers, eight of them in the fourth quarter when it limited Lynbrook to 2-of-14 shooting.

“Our defense has to pick it up (for us to win),” Auclair said. “Without height, it’s just determination.”

Perhaps no player was more determined than Sarah Wada. The junior guard scored five points playing with sore ribs.

“Give Wada credit,” Auclair said. “She probably shouldn’t have been out there.”

All of Wada’s points came in the first half, the last one on a free throw with a second left that put the Spartans ahead 22-18.

Estremera had 13 points at intermission.

Mountain View is scheduled to host Saratoga 6 p.m. Friday.

Contact Pete Borello at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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