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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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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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LA coach expects young team to compete in league


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Sophomore Briham Gonzalez is one of Los Altos High’s team captains this season.

The Los Altos High wrestling team probably couldn’t have chosen a worse year to ascend to the upper division of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League. The Eagles lack wrestlers (18 on varsity and JV combined) and experience (two seniors).

Yet coach Randy Jimenez won’t use these deficiencies as excuses for not being able to compete in the daunting De Anza Division.

“My expectations for this season and for every season have not changed – I always expect to win it all,” he said. “As the head coach, I set the bar high, and just because we have a less experienced team this year, it would be wrong for me to lower that bar because of it.”

So despite acknowledging that the Eagles are in a rebuilding phase – the roster includes just two seniors and six juniors, many of whom did not wrestle prior to this season – Jimenez expects them to rise to the occasion. And he doesn’t doubt they will.

“It is the kids’ job to buy into it and step up to the bar,” Jimenez said. “I have full confidence that all the wrestlers on the team will step up.”

Two matches into the league season, however, Los Altos finds itself a few steps behind the competition. The Eagles lost their Jan. 3 division opener 37-28 to Palo Alto and fell 63-18 to Gunn Thursday.

But Jimenez was encouraged by what he saw from the Eagles against Paly.

“(They) wrestled very hard and gave a good showing for being such a green team,” he said.

A pair of sophomores new to the team – Juan Cervantes (195 pounds) and Brian Wang (113) – impressed the coach.

Cervantes “went the distance against a kid who was a state qualifier from last year,” Jimenez said, while Wang “went out and pinned his opponent in the first period of his match.” Wang never wrestled before this season, according to the coach, and Cervantes last competed in junior high.

Two sophomores with more experience, returnees Briham Gonzalez (132) and Carter Lee (138), serve as team captains, along with senior Paul Hernandez (220).

“The team captains have really stepped up this year and have taken good control of the room,” said Jimenez, who considers this trio his best wrestlers as well.

Defending league champ Hernandez ranks fourth in the Central Coast Section and 38th in the state He pinned his opponent from Gunn in 3 minutes, 35 seconds.

“Paul has all the skill and experience to make a run at a second league title and possibly even make a trip to the state tournament,” Jimenez said. “He has been with the program on varsity for all four years and is a true leader in the room.”

The coach noted that Gonzalez “trains hard and is very knowledgeable with his skills. He has gained a lot of wrestling experience since his freshman year, and it shows in his victories.”

Lee is a “fast and well-skilled wrestler,” Jimenez said. “He has a lot of good leadership qualities and is learning fast. Carter has stepped up this year and shows great potential to become a league champion.”

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