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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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Local individual physicians join an IPA to offer better health care efficiency

The Santa Clara County Individual Practice Association (SCCIPA) recently announced the formation of a new senior management team and the startup of in-house administrative services designed to improve patient care and managed care efficiency.

This large and surprisingly little-known organization of 800 physicians in Santa Clara County choose to practice on their own, rather than join one of the medical clinics in San Jose, Sunnyvale or Palo Alto.

SCCIPA maintains hospital contracts with numerous hospitals in Santa Clara County, including El Camino Hospital in Mountain View. The administration also provides support to Coast Medical Clinic, an IPA that includes a number of physicians who practice at El Camino.

According to Beatrice Hoppe, public relations consultant for SCCIPA, the association has been behind the scenes for more than 10 years linking local physicians who practice medicine on their own. Presently, SCCIPA has more than 800 physicians and serves more than 100,000 local members through contracts with most California health maintenance organizations (HMOs).

"SCCIPA recently decided to invest in management and systems technology to provide their own members additional provider services. They have set up two after-hours programs to supplement medical care by their own physicians," Hoppe said.

The new programs include "On Call Advice," with registered nurses available by phone to help care for fevers, injuries or problems that come late at night or weekends when doctors' offices are closed. "Healthy Advice," a program that will help you take care of yourself through special classes on health issues such as having a baby, losing weight or stopping smoking.

According to Lawrence Bonham, M.D. chief executive and chief medical officer, two new additions were added to the senior management team to help streamline administrative services that link HMO members to the network of SCCIPA physicians.

Lawrence Williams, M.D. joined the IPA as medical director. The Los Altos resident formerly served as medical director for Foundation Health Preferred Administrators, where he developed innovative managed care systems and directed utilization review activities for 200,000 members of HMO and PPO plans.

Williams spent 20 years managing his private practice in oncology and internal medicine, and held leadership positions in El Camino Hospital programs for utilization review, quality management and information systems.

Randall D. Frakes joined the organization last year. He worked with Health Preferred Administrators (originally an El Camino start-up HMO) specializing in physician groups with capitated (payment limit) HMO contracts. He previously managed HMO and self-funded systems development for Blue Crass of California and Take Care. He will serve as executive vice president and chief operating officer

"When you join an HMO, the medical group or IPA you choose has a great impact on the care your receive," Hoppe said.

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