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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

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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


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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 Hills resident selected to lead Foothill-De Anza Foundation

Directors of the Foothill-De Anza Foundation elected four of their peers to leadership positions for the fiscal year that began July 1.

Newly elected president Kathleen Santora of Los Altos Hills said the foundation’s theme this year is “Changing Lives, One Student at a Time.”

Santora has served on the foundation’s board of directors since 2010 and leads its Strategic Planning Committee. She is also in charge of the new STEM speaker series slated to launch this fall. The series, run through Foothill’s Science Learning Institute, will feature leaders in science, technology, math and engineering.

A community advocate for sustainability and education, Santora founded the Slow the Flow conference at Foothill and championed installation of rainwater harvesting and catchment systems at the college for resource conservation. She also serves on the board of the Montalvo Arts Center and is a member of GreenTown Los Altos, through which she organizes the biannual Recycle Bike Drive.

“I’m excited to lead the foundation forward by supporting our colleges and making a real, tangible and positive impact on our students,” Santora said. “As a 28-year resident of our community, I appreciate the significant impact that Foothill and De Anza colleges have had on our region. These colleges are community treasures.”

Santora succeeds Saratoga resident Ben Dubin. As immediate past president, Dubin will continue to serve on the board’s executive and finance committees for 2013-2014. Now in his second term on the foundation’s board, Dubin is an investment banker with Asset Management Ventures and has been a Silicon Valley software engineer, high-tech executive and start-up company founder.

Incoming Vice President Don Aoki of Mountain View is senior vice president of professional services at Keynote Systems. Aoki joined the Foothill-De Anza Foundation board in 2012 and also serves on the board of the Community Health Awareness Council.

New board secretary Lisa Elliott is a charter member of the 100 Charitable Women Foundation and brings a background in advertising and marketing to the foundation board. The Los Altos resident joined the board in 2012.

Los Altos resident Martin Neiman, a board member since 2008, was re-elected the foundation’s treasurer. The retired high-tech executive also serves on the board of Hidden Villa and the advisory board of The Terraces at Los Altos.

“We’re thrilled to have such an amazing and accomplished group of board members leading our foundation,” said Sheryl Alexander, the foundation’s executive director. “Their commitment and enthusiasm for our mission to change student lives is infectious, and I know we will accomplish exceptional things through their leadership.”

The nominating committee for the new officers included board members Sue Levy, a Portola Valley resident who directs the governance committee, and past presidents Anita Manwani Bhagat of Los Altos and Dianne McKenna of Sunnyvale.

The Foothill-De Anza Foundation Board of Directors provides oversight, guidance and support for the foundation. The foundation’s mission is to change student lives by raising and investing funds to support educational excellence at Foothill and De Anza colleges. Its goal for 2013-2014 is raising at least $4.8 million.

For more information, visit foundation.fhda.edu.

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