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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


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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Police debut bike patrol at festival


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

The Los Altos Police Department plans to unveil new bicycle patrols during the Arts & Wine Festival this weekend.

Residents and visitors can expect to see something new from the Los Altos Police Department in the form of bicycle patrols at the upcoming Arts & Wine Festival.

According to Los Altos Police Capt. Andy Galea, the department recently purchased five new bicycles to kick-start bicycle patrols for special events and everyday use. The new effort debuts at the annual Arts & Wine Festival in downtown Los Altos this weekend.

Galea told the Town Crier that the idea of adding bicycle patrols has been discussed for several years and offers advantages over traditional cars in policing areas with large concentrations of people – like the festival.

“It’s about functionality,” said Galea, who noted that officers on bike patrol would each be outfitted with a new uniform that includes shorts, a polo shirt and bike helmet. “(Bike patrols) help us get into places cars can’t go – that’s one of the main reasons for doing this. … For any police department that has events like Los Altos does, it’s great to police them (with bike patrols).”

Public benefits

Galea said the bicycle patrols will provide benefits to the general public as well.

“Officers on bikes are obviously a lot more accessible and approachable,” he said. “It’s more inviting to open up a conversation with an officer on a bike. I think the community will be very receptive.”

The police bicycles are equipped with Los Altos Police decals, a first aid kit, a horn and emergency lights. All officers participating in bike patrols are required to pass a law-enforcement training course that focuses on operating bicycles in high-traffic areas and other situations.

Galea added that the bike patrols fall in line with a Los Altos culture that encourages the use of bicycles for transportation and recreation.

“Los Altos and its surrounding communities are very bike-friendly and encourage more bike riding, so I think this will be well-received,” he said.

Galea said residents could expect to see officers patrol areas of Los Altos by bike in the future, including parks and the downtown area. He noted that bicycle patrols would be assigned at the discretion of patrol supervisors.

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