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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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Obama invites lawmakers to White House

After Tuesday’s election, stocks turned downward with the Dow Jones industrial average moving to its lowest level in more than four months.

Uncertainties over the potential “fiscal cliff,” a fresh round of worries concerning European countries and less-than-impressive corporate profits in the third quarter continue to weigh on stocks in the near term.

However, investors should not let headlines chase them away from quality stocks. The election proved a reminder of the deeply partisan divide on Capitol Hill and across the country. Friday, President Barack Obama invited business and congressional leaders of both parties to the White House for a talk on avoiding the fiscal cliff.

What the politicos in Washington do next will be critical for the market, as legislators put their stamps on the tax increases and spending cuts that will take effect in the new year unless a deal to avert the increases is reached.

Most importantly, the country could slide into recession next year and unemployment could rise without a compromise. For a safety measure, I still recommend approximately 15-20 percent of equity portfolios in a short-term bond fund.

News of local firms the past few weeks:

• Yahoo Inc. (YHOO; $17.51), the digital media company, has been drawing attention since Marissa Mayer became president and CEO.

Last week Yahoo announced a deal with Wenner Media, an entertainment media company that publishes Rolling Stone, US Weekly and several other national magazines. Though Mayer is focusing on product development, she is not ignoring opportunities to overcome Yahoo’s struggles to compete with Google Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Facebook.

Yahoo recently announced better-than-expected third-quarter results with earnings up year to year, exceeding the consensus estimate by 11 cents. Gross profit margin for Yahoo is high, coming in at 78 percent.

Numerous analysts, actively watching Yahoo, continue to suggest a “Hold and Watch” status but are looking for an increase in the share price.

• Microsoft Corp. (MSFT; $28.31) sold 4 million upgrades to Windows 8 since its debut Oct. 26. That puts it ahead of the pace set by Windows 7.

CEO Steve Ballmer said, “The launch of Windows 8 is the beginning of a new era at Microsoft.”

Microsoft announced Nov. 7 that it signed patent licensing agreements with five different companies that include camcorder, digital camera and Android tablet manufacturers.

Two weeks ago Microsoft reported quarterly revenue of $16.01 billion for the quarter that ended Sept 30. Microsoft dividends pay a 3.20 percent yield, and the market value of its stock is $242.4 billion. That puts Microsoft in a position to purchase many companies. Microsoft is a long-term and short-term Buy.

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