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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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Primary stock trend still bullish

Although S&P 500 stocks faltered Friday, the index posted positive gains in the first half of 2013 – its strongest first half, in fact, since 1998.

The market has sustained its share of volatility over the past month, and further fluctuations are possible in the near term. However, the market’s primary trend remains bullish. Stock market corrections can be scary, as recent events indicate – the possibility of the Federal Reserve tampering with interest rates, problems in China and concerns over second-quarter profits.

While the roller-coaster ride troubles many investors, buckle your seat belts and continue to look for new growth and income investments.

Two Town Crier “50” stocks made headlines last week.

• Apple Inc. (AAPL; $410.66) stock is declining, largely because iPhone inventories are high and sales are lower – consumers in India and Western Europe have flocked to cheaper alternatives.

Hoping to boost sales, Apple introduced an exchange program wherein the company pays up to $200 for older iPhones if a user upgrades to an iPhone5. While the tactic may increase sales, it could also put pressure on Apple’s profit margins.

In other news that reduced share price, lawyers offered closing arguments in the lawsuit that accuses Apple of colluding to inflate e-book prices. Additionally, while many hedge funds identified Apple as among their favorite stocks, they are now downgrading its value because of the lower gross margins pulling down the company’s earnings.

Apple will report its second-quarter results in late July – they should be light compared to previous quarters.

Analysts currently expect a flat year in sales, with a 21 percent decline in earnings. Many analysts consider Apple stock a hold or long-term buy, with a mean target price of $538 and a high of $888.

• Microsoft Corp. (MSFT; $34.46) is still trying to get back in the game with its cloud-computing venture. The company explored purchasing Nokia’s mobile phone business as a way to build an e-commerce website but eventually gave up. Microsoft did succeed in collaborating with Oracle Corp. on a cloud-computing partnership that allows customers to run Oracle software on Microsoft’s cloud platform.

The company plans to release a refinement of Windows 8 – Windows 8.1. The new version allows users to launch the operating system in a desktop mode that should please fans of the older versions of Windows. The new 8.1 Windows also returns the Start button to the lower-left corner of the desktop and allows users to boot directly to the desktop interface – a positive for the many users who haven’t updated.

With developers building multidevice, multiscreen, cloud-connected experiences, Windows provides capabilities to build modern applications quickly using Microsoft and Oracle.

Many analysts consider Microsoft stock a hold, but with new applications imminent, the holiday season for Windows 8.1 looks much more optimistic. Analysts target a mean price for Microsoft at $36.20 and a high at $42.

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