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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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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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LA Council Briefs

The Los Altos City Council took the following actions at its July 9 meeting.

Civic center options on the docket in August

The council will likely kick off discussions in August on redeveloping or replacing some of the city’s aging civic center facilities.

According to Los Altos City Manager Marcia Somers, the council is expected to begin an “ongoing conversation” regarding alternative civic center redevelopment options – including associated costs and potential tradeoffs – at an Aug. 13 study session.

In March, the council agreed to reassess portions of the city’s Civic Center Master Plan, calling for a study session in the summer to further review various feasible scenarios.

At the time, a city staff report presented the council with three options: (1) Move forward with the originally approved four-phase master plan as is; (2) include the renovation and expansion of the police station and city hall at their current locations, plus the demolition and replacement of the community center; or (3) only renovate and expand the three areas.

The council opted to examine alternatives after the city originally sought a $65 million bond measure on the November 2012 ballot to fund 80 percent of the Civic Center Master Plan’s first phase. The previous council withdrew plans for the measure after a survey of residents revealed less support than needed to achieve a two-thirds vote.

Somers noted that the August discussion is one of many the council will have on potential civic center redevelopment options in the near future.

“I really do believe this will be an ongoing discussion with the council, because this is a really signature project for them,” said Somers, who added that initial discussions will include providing background into the city’s 2008 Civic Center Master Plan process for new councilwomen Jeannie Bruins and Jan Pepper.

Among the most important elements that will be discussed, noted Somers, is the direction the city council should take in replacing or redeveloping Hillview Community Center.

“That’s the element that’s probably most important to the council,” she said, adding that the city ultimately has to “move forward because the facility has some real deficiencies.”

Council approves new sculpture installations

The council unanimously approved the installation of sculptures at Lincoln Park and the corner of State and Fourth streets.

According to a city staff report, the bronze and stainless-steel sculpture “The Bird,” by Santa Rosa artist Riis Burwell, is slated for installation at Lincoln Park, across from the Safeway construction site. The 11-foot-high sculpture, valued at $55,000, is “an homage” to jazz musician Charlie Parker, according to Burwell.

“The Guardian,” a 6-foot-tall cast bronze sculpture, will be installed at State and Fourth streets in a landscaped area next to the Costume Bank. The $59,000 sculpture by New Orleans-based artist Karen Cauvin Eustis will be on loan to the city for five years (as opposed to the standard two-year period). It was previously slated for installation in Waveland, Miss., on the same day Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city’s beachfront.

The two art pieces were among the winning entries in the city’s 10th Competitive Sculpture Search in 2012, coordinated by the Public Arts Commission. Each artist will receive a $1,000 stipend from the city for the loaned sculptures.

– Diego Abeloos

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