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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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Bechtel, Swenson to lead Foothill-De Anza board

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District Board of Trustees unanimously selected Betsy Bechtel as president and Bruce Swenson as vice president. The election occurred at the board’s annual organizational meeting Dec. 10.

District voters re-elected Bechtel to a third term Nov. 6, and this will be her third time as board president – she led trustees in 2005 and 2009. She has served as chairwoman of the district’s Audit and Finance Committee, an advisory group comprising two trustees and four volunteer members of the public with fiscal expertise, and headed the district’s 2006 Measure C bond campaign and 2010 parcel tax election. She succeeds Joan Barram as board president.

A Palo Alto City Council member for nine years, Betchel served a term as Palo Alto’s mayor before her election to the Foothill-De Anza Board of Trustees in 2003. In addition to volunteering for six years as a board member of the Foothill-De Anza Foundation, her community service has included leadership positions in the League of Women Voters, the Palo Alto Rotary Club, YMCA of the Midpeninsula, the Los Altos and Palo Alto Chambers of Commerce and the Committee for Green Foothills. She is a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum.

After earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford University, Bechtel joined the Peace Corps, then taught school in San Jose upon returning home. She continued in public service as a staff member for then-Santa Clara County Supervisor Gerry Steinberg. Bechtel subsequently entered the banking field, where she held positions for many years as vice president of Citibank and J.P. Morgan.

Bechtel expressed her thanks and noted how the approval of Proposition 30 last month – which levies temporary taxes to fund education – will help the district.

“I am honored to serve the district and my colleagues as president, and grateful to the voters for approving Proposition 30 last month,” Bechtel said. “While we still face financial challenges from three years of budget cuts, Proposition 30 allows our colleges to increase the number of classes they offer. I encourage community members to learn more about the opportunities available through the district and to take advantage of the tremendous resources of Foothill and De Anza colleges.”

Swenson is a former longtime Foothill College mathematics instructor who also served as dean of the Division of Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering and vice president of instruction and educational resources at Foothill. He was elected to the board in 2005 and is serving his second term.

Bechtel made the following appointments for the coming year: Trustees Laura Casas Frier and Swenson to the Audit and Finance Committee, with Swenson acting as chairman; and Trustees Pearl Cheng and Barram to the Foothill-De Anza Foundation Board of Directors.

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