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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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Los Altos seeks Mtn. View’s help in school capacity issues

Los Altos city councilmembers are asking their Mountain View counterparts to consider planning for a future school site near the cities’ shared border at San Antonio Road and El Camino Real.

The Los Altos council unanimously approved a letter to the Mountain View City Council March 12 requesting that members explore the possibility of a new neighborhood elementary school site for the Los Altos School District as part of theSan Antonio visioning process.

The Mountain View council held a study session on the process March 19. Only one district site – Springer School – currently operates inside Mountain View’s borders.

Council supports school district

The Los Altos City Council’s letter comes after Los Altos School District Board of Trustees President Doug Smith presented a case for more involvement from Mountain View’s council in February to address the district’s ongoing enrollment challenges. Among other things, Smith noted at the time that 565 district students lived in Mountain View near the San Antonio area last year.

Los Altos City Councilwoman Val Carpenter said she wrote the letter to support the district’s efforts.

“I wrote this letter because I really believe that our council needs to support the school district in their quest for land to build another neighborhood school in Mountain View. … I think it’s important to take a position on this,” Carpenter said.

The letter noted that 26 percent of the Los Altos School District’s student population – 1,226 students – live in Mountain View.

It also claimed that enrollment by Mountain View residents in the district will likely continue to grow, pointing to the development of 330 new apartments at The Village at San Antonio Center – located near the cities’ shared border at San Antonio Road and El Camino Real.

Developing a detailed plan

Paul Edwards, a resident of The Crossings community – located adjacent to the San Antonio Center development – urged the Los Altos council to send the letter.

“You wouldn’t build a house without a detailed plan – why is the city of Mountain View building a neighborhood without one?” he questioned.

Edwards said a neighborhood school would also address safety concerns, noting that currently many students must cross El Camino Real into Los Altos daily during heavy traffic periods.

He added that ongoing construction of housing developments approved by both councils near the cities’ border would likely result in at least 500 new children attending Los Altos School District schools in the future.

Prior to the council’s vote, Los Altos City Councilwoman Jan Pepper said the letter should reflect a “conciliatory tone,” noting that the cities have a shared concern about the district’s capacity problems.

“It is a shared issue,” she said. “We need to work together to solve this.”

Councilwoman Megan Satterlee, meanwhile, expressed concern about the letter’s effectiveness.

“I fear it’s a bit presumptuous for an adjacent city to tell its neighbor that they have a neighborhood problem, and here’s how to solve it,” she said. “I respect the intent. I think the motivation is good, I think the desired outcome is good. Again, I’m not sure this is going to be effective.”

Los Altos Mayor Jarrett Fishpaw, however, said his conversations with Mountain View Mayor John Inks indicated that “there’s some interest in collaboration” on the matter, adding that the letter likely wouldn’t “step on anyone’s toes.”

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