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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

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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Eagles upended


Shirley Pefley/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos running back Sean Lanoza tries to escape the clutches of Homestead linebacker Derek Rositas in Friday night’s game.

It’s not often that a running back can rush for nearly 300 yards in a game and get overshadowed by the opposing team, but that’s what happened Friday.

Los Altos High’s Sean Lanoza ran for 291 yards and two touchdowns, yet it wasn’t nearly enough to beat Homestead. The Mustangs sent the Eagles to their first loss of the year, 42-24, behind a ground game that accumulated 542 yards.

Lanoza’s career-best game began with back-to-back bursts of 27 yards on Los Altos’ first series and scoring scampers of 46 and 40 yards in the second half.

“I just wanted to do all I could for the team,” the junior said. “I tried my best to run the ball as hard as I could on offense.”

His head coach took notice.

“Sean Lanoza took the whole Eagle program and put it on his back,” Trevor Pruitt said. “He did a great job.”

While Los Altos leaned heavily on Lanoza, host Homestead implemented a three-prong rushing attack featuring Tim Cheng (213 yards, two touchdowns), Ryan Allemandi (177 yards) and Derek Rositas (146 yards, one TD).

“Their run game played great and our defense just didn’t have it today,” said Pruitt, whose team played most of the night without 360-pound defensive tackle Sami Fakalolo (blow to the head). “We weren’t running to the ball, we weren’t tackling well. Those are signs for disaster.”

Those signs showed up early in Friday’s contest, the SCVAL El Camino Division opener for the Eagles (5-1 overall). The Mustangs (1-1 league, 5-1 overall) marched right down the field on the game’s opening series for a touchdown. They drove 76 yards in eight plays – despite two penalties totaling 25 yards – and scored on Rosita’s 2-yard plunge.

Los Altos cut the deficit midway through the first quarter when Patrick McColl blocked a punt that Carlos Rivera-Salis scooped up and returned 10 yards for a touchdown. The Mustangs blocked the extra-point try.

Homestead was back in the end zone two minutes later, thanks to quarterback Jerome Holloway’s 30-yard pass to Bryan Erickson in the left corner of the end zone. The PAT by John Rak (of Los Altos) extended the Homestead lead to 14-6.

The Mustangs added another touchdown before halftime on Cheng's 22-yard run. Rak’s extra point made it 21-6 with 2:56 remaining.

The Eagles didn’t score their first offensive touchdown of the night until the third quarter. They opened the second half with a four-play, 80-yard drive capped by a 46-yard run by Lanoza, who made a quick cut right and raced into the end zone.

“The run blocking was superb,” Lanoza said. “I couldn’t have done it without my linemen.”

Homestead batted down quarterback Lambie Lanman’s two-point pass attempt, leaving the score 21-12 with 10:35 left in the quarter.

The Mustangs countered with a touchdown on their initial drive of the half, a 2-yard keeper by Holloway. Rak’s kick pushed the lead to 28-12, and it remained that way until the 8:33 mark of the fourth quarter. That’s when Lanman tossed a 22-yard pass to halfback Ben Roach in the right side of the end zone. Los Altos again went for two – and failed.

The Mustangs answered with yet another touchdown, a 4-yard run by Mateo Manjarrez that capped a 10-play, 65-yard drive. Coupled with Rak’s extra point, Homestead led 35-18 with 3:31 to play.

The teams traded long touchdown runs in the final minute – a 40-yarder by Lanoza with 52 seconds left and an 80-yarder from Cheng 15 ticks later.

The loss leaves Los Altos little margin for error if it hopes to win the division title. The Eagles trail Monta Vista (2-0), Cupertino (1-0) and Homestead with four games remaining.

“We gave them life,” Pruitt said of the Mustangs. “We knew that if we beat them today they’d be out of the playoff hunt and we’d be right in it. But give them credit – they came more prepared than we did, and that’s on the coaches. I take full blame for that.”

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