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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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Community builders: MV cohousing project emphasizes socializing


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Photo Rendering Courtesy Of Mountain View Cohousing Community

A rendering of the Mountain View Cohousing Community’s plans for a 19-unit condominium complex, above, highlights the addition of fruit and shade trees.

Construction is under way on the Mountain View Cohousing Community’s 19-unit condominium project at 445 Calderon Ave.

Few of the project’s future residents are more excited about it than Susan Burwen, founding member of the cohousing group.

“At long last, our dream of cohousing is becoming a reality,” she said at last month’s groundbreaking.

The Cohousing Community’s construction partner, Barry Swenson Builder, estimated that construction would take 15 months, with residents moving in as early as summer 2014.

The complex is the first cohousing community built from the ground up in Silicon Valley.

Burwen and her husband, David, are longtime Mountain View residents who initiated the idea. The cohousing concept, introduced in the 1980s, affords members the privacy of their own homes as well as the benefits of shared resources and neighbors with diverse interests. The project design features open space and trees.

“There’s underground parking so that we could have as much open space as possible,” she said.

The Burwens were inspired to promote the cohousing effort because Susan had experienced a similar living situation earlier in life and loved it. Cohousing offers an opportunity for older residents to live among friends instead of facing social isolation, she added.

“In cohousing, you have an emphasis on community,” she said. “It’s designed so that you’re likely to run into your neighbors when you go to get your mail.”

Among the common areas is a 6,000- square-foot community center, which includes fitness and media rooms.

According to Kent Gerber, senior project manager at Barry Swenson Builder, the new community is a first for the area.

“It’s an incredibly unique project, and (we are) honored to be part of something so meaningful to the city of Mountain View and the Peninsula,” he said.

Members of the Mountain View Cohousing Community purchased the land four years ago and engaged cohousing architect Chuck Durrett to design the project. The property will feature an organic garden, a number of new fruit and shade trees and an underground garage.

The city of Mountain View unanimously approved the project in 2011, and the Greenbelt Alliance endorsed its environmentally sustainable amenities.

Among its green advantages is its location. The close proximity to downtown and the Stevens Creek Trail should encourage residents to walk.

The historical Bakotich farmhouse previously located on the property, one of the oldest surviving structures in Mountain View, is set for restoration and will be retained on the site. The small house, built by Charles and Emma Abbott circa 1885, will become the project’s “front door” when relocated to a prominent position near the street.

Although the Burwens jumpstarted the project, several other prospective residents joined in the effort. Burwen said residents collaborated with the architect to design the layout.

“It was very much a group effort,” she said. “We already feel like a community.”

For more information, visit www.mountainviewcohousing.org.

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