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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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National Night Out slated Tuesday


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Los Altos Police Officer Julie Ognoskie and K-9 Lord participate in last year’s National Night Out.

Numerous Los Altos residents will take to the streets Tuesday to fight crime – by throwing neighborhood block parties.

According to Josh Cottrell, Los Altos Police Department community services officer, at least 15 registered events are scheduled to mark the city’s 30th annual National Night Out. The national anticrime program aims to spread awareness, build community and strengthen relationships between residents and law enforcement. More than 1 million people in 9,700 communities in all 50 states participated last year.

“This is a great event for community building,” said Cottrell, who noted that this year’s tally of Los Altos neighborhood events is up slightly from last year’s, when residents collectively hosted 12 neighborhood parties. “In many cases, people meet with the police on some of the worst days of their lives. In this case, however, it’s a collaboration to fight crime.”

Los Altos Police Chief Tuck Younis noted that National Night Out enables residents to become more familiar with individual officers and learn how to establish neighborhood watch networks. The most common neighborhood events include potlucks, ice cream socials, barbecues and swim parties.

“The community is more likely to engage us if they know us on a more personal level,” Younis said. “National Night Out is the pinnacle of what we want to achieve as a community policing program.”

The chief explained that the department’s 30-plus sworn officers, dispatchers and administrative personnel will visit the various neighborhood events, introducing themselves to residents and addressing any questions to establish rapport. The goal, he said, is to build a community that serves as a willing partner in reporting crimes.

“We’re fortunate that we have a strong relationship with the public,” Younis said. “They’re the first ones to call when they see something suspicious, which is why we’re such a safe community. (National Night Out) just emphasizes those relationships.”

Younis added that the event also offers children an opportunity to meet and learn more about their local police department.

“(Children) need to know that officers are there to assist and protect them,” he said. “When we’re out of our patrol cars and we’re having some ice cream (at National Night Out) with them, they start to look at us in a completely different light.”

Younis said the city has eliminated its block-party permit fee, typically waived for the event, in an effort to encourage more residents to host events that build community and to participate in events such as National Night Out. Despite the fee waiver, residents are still required to file a permit application with the police department.

The registration deadline to host a National Night Out event has been extended to Monday for those interested in organizing a neighborhood event.

For information on hosting a National Night Out event, email Cottrell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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