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MVLA revisits prospect of ninth-grade PE exemptions

MVLA revisits prospect of ninth-grade PE exemptions


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on a proposal to exempt ninth-grade student-athletes from taking PE. Students take part in a physical education class at Mount...

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Community

Midnight Express offers late-night rides from SF

Midnight Express offers late-night rides from SF


From Midnight Express Instagram
A group of millennial-aged Santas celebrating a night on the town prepare for a safe ride from San Francisco to their South Bay homes, courtesy of Cory Althoff’s new Midnight Express shuttle.

It’s no understatemen...

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Comment

More open than ever: Editorial

One of the Los Altos City Council’s objectives for 2015 is implementing an open-government policy. The title of the policy may be somewhat misleading, because it’s not as if the city has had a closed-government policy. But the new proposal goes beyon...

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Business

Cassidy Turley, DTZ plan to combine

Cassidy Turley, DTZ plan to combine


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Cassidy Turley, which has offices at 339 S. San Antonio Road, is combining with DTZ following its recent acquisition.

Commercial real estate services companies DTZ and Cassidy Turley have joined forces to operate as a sin...

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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

JUDY HOFFMANN

JUDY HOFFMANN

Judy Hoffmann passed away unexpectedly October 17, 2014 in New York City. It was only fitting Judy would be traveling and enjoying special adventures in so many different places until the very end.

Judy has lived since 1969 in Los Altos with her h...

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Travel

Cuban photographer slated to appear at Foothill

Cuban photographer slated to appear at Foothill


Courtesy of Raúl Cañibano
Cuban photographer Raúl Cañibano is set to appear at Foothill College tonight. His work – including the image “Series: Guajira’s Land, Viñales, 2007,” right – is on display at the KCI Gallery t...

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Stepping Out

TheatreWorks launches '2 Pianos' in Mtn. View

TheatreWorks launches '2 Pianos' in Mtn. View


Suellen Fitzsimmons/Special to the Town Crier
Christopher Tocco stars in TheatreWorks’ “2 Pianos 4 Hands,” which opened last week.

TheatreWorks’ production of “2 Pianos 4 Hands” is scheduled to run through Feb. 15 at the Mountain View Center fo...

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Spiritual Life

Start something great by ringing in the new year with prayer

There is a tradition, which I’m told originates in the Midwest, that calls for people to pray in the new year. A few years ago, I was invited to a friend’s house and a number of people stayed up until midnight (approximately two hours pa...

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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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Sandberg’s ‘Lean In’ offers advice for women in the workplace


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Sheryl Sandberg’s best-selling “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” (Knopf, 2013), an inspirational and aspirational guide on women and leadership, has drawn support and nods of familiarity – not to mention a fair share of controversy.

As most tech-savvy types in the Bay Area know, Sandberg served as vice president of global online sales and operations at Google Inc. and is currently chief operating officer at Facebook Inc. She initially promoted the “Lean In” concept at a TED Talk presentation for entrepreneurs and innovators – and followed her discussion with a book of the same name and a website (leanin.org) designed to function as “a global community committed to encouraging and supporting women leaning in to their ambitions.”

Sandberg has researched her topic well and makes many excellent points about women in business pursuing leadership positions. She advises women to “lean in” by being ambitious and accepting challenges that they might tend to shy away from because they appear too difficult or outside their area of expertise. Excellent advice, in my opinion, and I doubt many people would disagree with Sandberg’s recommendation.

Sandberg suggests that women develop the confidence to “sit at the table,” believing in their abilities and not worrying about occasionally feeling like frauds. She notes that successful women are usually not perceived to be as likeable as their male counterparts and offers tips to combat the inequity. She uses the analogy of a career path being like a jungle gym rather than a simple ladder – for both men and women – with many routes to the top.

One of the most interesting chapters in the book addresses the value of mentorship. Sandberg writes that many seminars for women highlight the importance of mentors who will guide them throughout their careers. Instead of finding a mentor and then expecting success, Sandberg emphasizes that the message should be “excel and you will get a mentor.”

To enable female professionals to embark on fulfilling careers, according to Sandberg, male partners should be encouraged to step up to the plate and take on more responsibility at home. On the homefront, the answer to the questions “Can we have it all?” or “Can we do it all?” is no. And that’s OK – women simply need to realize that doing the best they can is good enough.

A number of people have complained that “Lean In” doesn’t address the lack of corporate efforts to promote women into leadership positions. Others have noted that Sandberg’s concept doesn’t include negotiating the challenges women at the bottom AND middle levels of business face. Valid as the criticisms may be, the book is chock-fulL of practical advice for women in the workplace at any level who want to advance.

Some have suggested that Sandberg is an elitist attempting to hijack feminism for personal gain. That didn’t come across to me at all. “Lean In” is a deeply important book that women (and most men) would benefit from reading. It should spark interesting conversations in the workplace, at home and for book clubs. I think everyone should read it, read reviews and critiques of it and then make up their minds. One of book’s chapters is titled “Let’s Start Talking About It.” I couldn’t agree more.

Leslie Ashmore is a longtime Mountain View resident who belongs to two book clubs.

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