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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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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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A war of words

When Shakespeare wrote, "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet," he sure wasn't talking about U.S. policy in Iraq.

There are lots of names you could call President Bush's recently unveiled plans for that beleaguered, befuddled nation, but Bush's preference appears to be "troop surge." Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice calls it an "augmentation." Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid calls it an "escalation," and I bet Jon Stewart of "The Daily Show" will eventually coin a phrase for it that gets bleeped on air when he utters it.

According to Frank Luntz, author of "Words That Work: It's Not What You Say, It's What People Hear," roses smell sweet or foul depending on the nomenclature. As a G.O.P. pollster, Luntz was the brains behind swapping out "death tax" for "estate tax" and "climate change" for "global warming."

Luntz disapproves of all three choices: surge, augmentation and escalation. He believes the Bush administration should have gone with a "re" word, like "reinvestment" or "re-establishment." "Re-" words, he claims, convey a thoughtfulness and direction shift that the American people are looking for, and would have mitigated Bush's "stay the course" obstinacy that many now regard as folly.

As for me, a lover of words, idioms and languages in general, I don't give a hoot what you call it, though I think "re-Baathification" would have been hilarious. I just think sending 21,000 additional troops to Iraq while threatening Iran and Syria on national television (though I am not opposed to doing it privately) isn't going to help.

Now, I admit, I am the absolute opposite of a military expert - I think gun usage is almost always cruel, and I have no sense of geography, topography and direction - so my opinion is probably worthless in these matters.

Gen. John Abizaid, former top commander of U.S. troops in the Middle East and a fluent Arabic speaker, wasn't keen on the idea either. However, Abizaid's been replaced by Adm. William Fallon, a Navy guy in charge of Iraq, which is virtually a landlocked country. I guess Fallon will come in handy when we take on Iran and Syria.

Call the strategy what you will, but let's hope it doesn't turn out to be Bush's "Hail Mary pass," another term I've heard thrown around lately by military guys who look like they've been around the gridiron a few times.

The Iraq war has cost lives, limbs, human suffering and maybe even our country's economic stability. Expense for the war is $2 billion per week, and because we don't have the tax revenue to pay the bills, we've been selling U.S. bonds by the barrel to China.

The Bush administration doesn't have a catchphrase for that dicey financial relationship yet, but I won't smell a rose by any other name no matter what you call it.

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