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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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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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Waiting for the pink slip - moving back to Nebraska

Jean on the Job

We are sometimes so isolated here in this community. Silicon Valley woes seem to slip in and out of our consciousness. Our neighbors are not all waiting for their pink slips. They are not all saying, "I escaped this week."

In speaking to some young couples recently, I've heard these sentiments:

"We love it here in California, but if either one of us loses our jobs next week, we will be packing up and moving east to live with our families. With our rent, we can't afford to live here with one salary for too many months. We never dreamed this would be happening so fast."

Or, "I have to lay off several hundred people this week. Many are my friends. I convinced several of these folks to move out here in the first place. I feel so badly about telling them they have to leave."

These are educated, MBA or engineering folks. They are bright, enthusiastic and loved Silicon Valley. I know. We are too crowded, too densely populated, too traffic congested, but it still hurts to see that some enthusiastic and dedicated young people will be the first to leave.

To those who must leave, "adios, and good luck." This era may ultimately feel like California in the '50s. It will be like the war years when servicemen had a dose of California and never forgot it. "I was stationed at the Presidio and knew I would move back here someday."

Our Silicon Valley heroes and victims will some day say something like, "I was stationed on Lawrence Expressway or Orchard Parkway or Gateway Parkway, and now I am coming back to give California another chance."

Intel, Cisco, Sun - these companies opened the doors to many new Californians, who may now have to go home to Indiana. These gold rush soldiers will leave, but not without the sunshine days and soothingly cool nights etched in their minds and hearts. The brain trysts, the technical conversations at Starbucks, the business news that makes the international news-this is our community. The highs and lows of organizations that shape the world. We are the business and technology of the universe.

The departing dot-com executives will not forget us. They tasted our sunshine and our gold. The taste may be quite bitter in the moment, but our commerce, our academic institutions and our morale in general will be sweetening in the days ahead. As our friends come and go - and some will return - the stable-ites, those who can stay and feel secure, are the lucky ones. That's probably you and me.

Jean A. Hollands, CEO, Growth & Leadership Center, author, "Silicon Syndrome: How to Survive a High-Tech Relationship," "Optimistic Organizations" and "Red Ink Behavior: Measure the High Cost of Problem Employees," was voted Business Woman of the Year in 1986 and 1996. Write to GLC, 1451 Grant Road, Mountain View, 94040.

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