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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


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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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'Sully' lands in Cupertino for Celebrity Forum

Sullenberger

Capt. Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III, hailed as a hero for crash-landing an Airbus A320 on the Hudson River and sparing the lives of 155 passengers and crew, told a Celebrity Forum audience Oct. 1 that his story is that of “an ordinary person who found himself in extraordinary circumstances.”

After disabled US Airways Flight 1549 landed safely on the water in Manhattan in January 2009, Sullenberger, thrust instantly into the media spotlight, achieved what he jokingly called “Santa Claus status,” with mail arriving at his Danville home marked simply “Hero Pilot.”

Sullenberger said the outpouring of support – letters, e-mails, Facebook fan pages, keys to cities – from around the world was humbling.

“We received thanks from every continent on the planet,” he said.

With the “Miracle on the Hudson” now 18 months in the rearview mirror, Sullenberger has taken time to process what happened and ponder why the event struck such a chord.

He concluded that the fateful landing happened at a time when the world was in the throes of a financial meltdown and “people were actively searching for good news.”

“It was seen as life-affirming – it gave people hope,” he said.

Sullenberger credited his four crewmembers – and first-responders to the crash, who sent ferries and blankets within four minutes of splashdown – and said Flight 1549 is a reminder of what’s at stake when we fly. People tend to forget, he said, how modern an endeavor flying is – the Wright Brothers first took flight only 106 years ago.

“We make it look easy, but it’s not,” he said. “It’s hard. Flying requires skill that rises to the level of mastery.”

It’s not uncommon to be unfamiliar with your crew, Sullenberger said – he and his first officer and three flight attendants met for the first time three days before the crash. And though he believes that as captain “everything, ultimately, is my responsibility,” hearing his fellow crewmembers performing their jobs during the landing inspired confidence in him.

A “realistic optimism” set in, Sullenberger said, a duality of mind – he and his crew could achieve goals while at the same time confronting immediate and dangerous circumstances.

“We never stopped working as a team that day,” he said. “I am very proud of the fact that the crew and I were up to the challenges we faced that day.”

In hindsight, would he do anything differently?

“Given the outcome, I would be reluctant to change anything about that day,” he said.

In the aftermath of the emergency landing, Sullenberger has made it his mission to advocate airline safety and use his newfound celebrity to advance charitable causes.

“I feel an intense obligation to use this situation for good,” he said.

As for the future, Hollywood’s calling. Producers have optioned the movie rights to Sullenberger’s memoir, and the captain laughingly said he expects George Clooney to play him.

Celebrity Forum has scheduled paleontologist Louise Leakey, Ph.D., to speak Oct. 27-29 at Flint Center at De Anza College in Cupertino. For tickets and more information, visit www.celebrityforum.net.

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