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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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New policy adds review level to LAH building projects


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Corrigan

Although the definition of “rural character” is subjective, the Los Altos Hills City Council is no longer leaving the phrase open to interpretation.

After unanimous approval of a policy change April 18, nearly all future capital improvement projects must filter through an appropriate committee for review before heading to the council for approval, an effort to preserve the town’s rural nature.

Current town code requires any project that qualifies for adherence to the California Environment Quality Act to also secure a Planning Commission review and recommendation. Previously, some one-time projects have undergone construction without community or council evaluation.

The new policy includes all open space improvements and projects with landscape plantings and features such as pathways, ground structures, traffic and complete street elements. Upon submission of a proposal, the Planning, Pathways, Environmental Design, Open Space or Traffic Safety committee will review it for “aesthetic impacts to the local neighborhood and street environment,” according to the new policy. In rare instances, a proposal may bypass the process if it is an emergency public works project or the council deems it in the best interest of the town.

Recently installed Safe Routes to Schools improvements along Fremont Road and flashing-light pedestrian crosswalks on Elena and Moody roads left some residents scratching their heads.

In an email to town staff, one couple wrote of the recently completed Fremont pathway: “It looks rather Disneylandesque. The wonderful rural atmosphere is now gone along Fremont Road.”

For others, the benefits of the pathway project outweigh any deviation from original expectations.

“I did not expect yellow (as the pathway color). I did not expect railroad ties. But neither of these things make (the pathway) undesirable,” said Councilwoman Courtenay C. Corrigan, noting that she received many more thank-you letters than complaints about the project. “I’m very proud of the outcome.”

Employing the new policy as a guideline at last week’s council meeting, councilmembers authorized the removal of a flashing pathway from the Arastradero Trail Improvement Project design, returning that portion of the project to the Planning Commission for further review. Construction on the pathway is scheduled to begin next week.

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