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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


Ellie Van HOutte/Town Crier
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


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
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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Appellate court dismisses charter school’s appeal

The Sixth District Court of Appeal last week dismissed Bullis Charter School’s motion to appeal a Santa Clara County Superior Court ruling that permitted the Los Altos School District’s cross-complaint in its facilities lawsuit.

The Superior Court has upheld the district’s right to file a cross-complaint in the facilities lawsuit three times to date. The cross-complaint asks the court to examine the charter school’s admissions and fundraising practices to determine how those practices should impact the district’s annual facilities allocation.

After Bullis Charter School filed the appeal, the district conferred with the charter school counsel and urged Bullis Charter School to withdraw the motion. After the charter school refused, the district petitioned the Appellate Court to formally dismiss the appeal without a hearing on the matter. The court granted the district’s request last week.

“Today’s ruling is certainly positive for the district,” said Doug Smith, president of the district’s board of trustees, in a press release last week. “This frivolous (and ultimately fruitless) run to the appeals court is just another example of how the taxpayers’ money is being wasted in litigation.”

Bullis Charter School officials called their action of appeal “an effort to rein in the Los Altos School District’s abusive discovery process, streamline the legal work and save taxpayer money.”

“We remain willing to meet with the Los Altos School District board to come up with a legally compliant facilities offer for this coming school year, rather than continue with expensive litigation, and call on (district) trustees to open a dialogue so that both boards can concentrate on educating the students of the Los Altos School District,” said Ken Moore, chairman of the charter school board of directors.

Smith said the district would like to work with the charter school to find a 10th school site to accommodate student growth, “but we need the Bullis Charter School Board of Directors to step back from this scorched-earth litigation strategy and work with us and the broader community.”

“It would be great to spend our summer working together, rather than in the courtrooms,” Smith said. “Until then, though, I’m grateful for the speedy action of the appellate court in ensuring the community concerns will be examined.”

The district’s legal team can now proceed to gather information from the charter school regarding its admissions, fundraising and other related practices so that the court can consider the cross-complaint.

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