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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

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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


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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Expert addresses U.S.-North Korea relations in Rotary Club appearance


Jerry Tomanek/ Special to the Town Crier
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An expert outlined the state of U.S.-North Korea relations and the use of nuclear weapons for a Rotary Club of Los Altos audience Sept. 12.

Philip W. Jun, J.D., executive director and chief operating officer of the Ploughshares Fund, predicted extreme provocation from North Korea over the next six months.

After years of negotiating with North Korea as a U.S. Department of State appointee during the Clinton administration and living in Seoul himself, Jun based his evaluation on personal experience and knowledge of North Korea’s current political climate.

Jun received a Fulbright Scholarship to Korea and later served as a senior member in the U.S. delegation to the Korea peace talks in Geneva and the working group that managed U.S. policy toward North Korea. He traveled to North Korea as a senior adviser with former Secretary of Defense William Perry in 1999 and former Secretary of State Madeleine in 2000.

Although the U.S. called North Korea’s bluff when its first missile had to be exploded after 90 seconds and the U.S. demanded it adhere to a February 2012 agreement not to test missiles, North Korea gained significant knowledge from those tests, according to Jun.

“They have no intention of giving up their nuclear weapons program,” he said, adding that he expects North Korea to continue “playing the U.S., South Korea and China against each other.”

North Korea needs revenue and may seek to sell its nuclear stockpile. The key question is: To whom? Jun said he believes North Korea may have already sold nuclear technology to Syria.

North Korea has undertaken provocative behavior, according to Jun, because it’s an impoverished, failed state with leaders who seek to consolidate power internally while testing the mettle of the U.S., South Korea, Japan and China.

North Korea has a distinct advantage in negotiations, Jun said, because the Kim family circle of leaders has been in power for 20 years, in contrast to the changing administrations of other countries.

Jun noted that the U.S. has consistently underestimated the aggressive attitude of North Korea, and as long as China has North Korea’s back, there is little the U.S. can do.

Marlene Cowan is a member of the Rotary Club of Los Altos.

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