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Council seeks more options for community center

Council seeks more options for community center


Town Crier File Photo
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

Rotary marks 25th anniversary of AIDS project

Rotary marks 25th anniversary of AIDS project


John Hammerschmidt/Special to the Town Crier
Celebrating the anniversary of the Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project are, from left, front row: Greg Hoblit, Dude Angius, Mary Prochnow and Robin Young. Back: Greg Betts, Joe Renati, Roy Lave, Bob Berka, Dic...

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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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Los Altos golfer Kawaguchi wins qualifier


Los Altos High golfer Kelsey Kawaguchi didn’t let an early bogey bog her down. The senior shook off her five-stroke struggle on hole No. 3 to post the best round of her career in winning last week’s Santa Clara Valley Athletic League Tournament.

Kawaguchi shot a scorching 6-under-par 67 at Santa Teresa Golf Course, guaranteeing her a spot in this week’s Central Coast Section championships.

“I didn’t expect to shoot so low after a bogey on the third hole,” she said, “but I just kept playing it hole by hole.”

Kawaguchi nearly notched a double eagle, but her putt on hole No. 2 lipped out.

Even without it, she finished two strokes ahead of runner-up Jessica Luo of Lynbrook Oct. 22. No other golfer in the 38-player field shot below 70.

“I was slightly nervous toward the end, because I didn’t know what to expect,” said Kawaguchi, who has committed to UC Irvine. “Throughout the round, I had to keep my emotions in check, even when I had a bogey or missed a short putt.”

Kawaguchi wasn’t the lone local golfer to qualify for the CCS event, scheduled Tuesday (after the Town Crier’s press deadline) at Rancho Cañada Golf Club in Carmel. The St. Francis girls team made it after winning the West Catholic Athletic League Tournament Oct. 21 at Spring Valley Golf Course.

The Lancers – who the week before claimed the WCAL round-robin championship with an 11-1 record – beat runner-up St. Ignatius by 30 strokes at the league tourney. St. Francis freshman Bibilani Liu earned medalist honors with a 2-under-par 70.

“The girls played great – especially my No. 2, 3 and 4 players,” said coach Phil Marrone, referring to Liu, sophomore Valerie Wang and freshman Jacqueline Sun. “I’ve been waiting for the team to start firing on all cylinders, and just recently they have begun to. Hopefully they’ll keep it going through the post-season.”

Cross country

The Los Altos boys and girls teams set school records at last weekend’s Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational in Walnut.

The boys’ team time of 82 minutes, 28 seconds broke the school record set two years ago on the 2.93-mile course. They won their division with what coach Dan Oren described as “an extremely low score of just 27 points.”

Six team members earned medals for top-15 finishes, led by Ben Zaeske (second, 16:18) and Andreas Godderis (third, 16:22).

The Los Altos girls clocked a team time of 99:51, breaking a school record from 2005. Lead runner Lauren Jacob set a record as well, finishing in what Oren called “an extremely fast 17:40.”

Boys water polo

For the second consecutive season, Mountain View has swept rival Los Altos in the double round-robin portion of De Anza Division play. The Spartans edged the Eagles 9-7 Thursday after routing them 14-7 Oct. 1.

Mountain View coach Gabor Sarusi described his goalie Charlie Niehaus as “remarkable” Thursday, totaling 16 saves and limiting host Los Altos to just one goal in the first half.

But the Spartans’ 7-1 halftime lead nearly wasn’t enough to beat the Eagles, who outscored them 6-2 the rest of the way.

Rey Castillo and Matthew Dunn finished with three goals each for Mountain View (7-3 league, 9-6 overall).

Two days prior, the Spartans suffered a 6-4 setback to Palo Alto. Mountain View was held to one goal in each quarter. Niehaus made seven saves and scored a goal on a length-of-the-pool lob.

Girls water polo

St. Francis remains undefeated, though Sacred Heart Prep gave the Lancers a scare Oct. 23. St. Francis eked out a 12-11 win over the visiting Gators.

Courtney Batcheller scored six goals for the Lancers, who upped their record to 5-0 in the WCAL and 18-0 overall.

With a pair of victories last week, Mountain View extended its winning streak to seven games.

“The team is really coming together and improving with every game,” said coach Drew Enlow, whose squad went to 9-1 in the SCVAL El Camino Division and 14-6 overall.

The Spartans stymied Santa Clara 12-3 Thursday and topped Fremont 7-3 Oct. 22.

Samantha Hartman scored a season-high six goals against Santa Clara. She and Krysta Korpontinos led Mountain View with two goals each versus Fremont.

Volleyball

Los Altos can all but clinch the De Anza Division title in this second-to-last week of the season by beating the two other teams in contention.

The Eagles (7-1 division) were scheduled to host Homestead (8-1) Tuesday – after the Town Crier’s press deadline – and visit Palo Alto (6-2) 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

The Eagles beat Homestead in the first half of the league season, but they lost to Paly.

Los Altos (23-3 overall) last week swept both its opponents – visiting Gunn Oct. 22 and host Los Gatos Thursday. Junior Carmen Annevelink tallied 16 kills in each match.

Mountain View’s struggles continued last week, with the Spartans swept by Palo Alto and Homestead. Mountain View sank to 1-8 in the De Anza Division and 5-17 overall.

Rosa Lutz led the Spartans in kills both days, notching six against Homestead Oct. 22 and seven versus Paly Thursday.

Homestead received 18 kills from Los Altos resident Casey Carroll against Mountain View.

Pinewood, hosting its annual Dig Pink Rally to raise funds for breast cancer research and treatment, defeated King’s Academy in five games Thursday. Mehra den Braven posted a season-high 40 kills for the Panthers, who improved to 5-4 in the West Bay Athletic League Skyline Division and 12-9 overall.

Two days earlier, Pinewood swept Eastside Prep behind 17 kills from den Braven and 20 assists from her sister, Tehmi.

Field hockey

A 4-0 loss to Los Gatos Thursday dropped Los Altos to 0-10-2 in the SCVAL and 0-12-2 overall.

Girls tennis

Mountain View endured another rough week, losing both matches by 7-0 scores. The Spartans slumped to 0-11 in the De Anza Division and 1-12 overall.

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