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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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Realtor group favors flood insurance legislation

Realtors hailed a bill introduced recently by members of Congress that would delay flood insurance rate increases, which became effective Oct. 1.

The legislation postpones federally mandated flood insurance rate increases stalled because of the government shutdown. The new rate increases alarmed many homeowners, who saw their flood insurance rates rise.

National Association of Realtors officials reported that the bipartisan support could help millions of homeowners who facing sudden and in some cases extreme increases in flood insurance premiums, an unintended consequence of legislation to reform the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

The NFIP was originally created in 1968 because private insurance companies refused to provide flood insurance, as the payouts were too large to be profitable. The NFIP is now more than $20 billion in debt to the U.S. Treasury, largely because of claims from Hurricane Katrina, which destroyed much of Louisiana and the surrounding area, and Hurricane Sandy, which caused severe flooding and widespread damage on the northeastern coast of the country.

Last year Congress passed the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (BW-12), which reauthorized the NFIP but also made major changes to the insurance premiums many homeowners would pay, including the phase-out of some federal subsidies. When it took effect Oct. 1, homeowners in some of the hardest-hit areas saw their flood insurance premiums increase from $1,000 per year to as much as $10,000 or more per year.

The new bill delays further implementation of some rate increases in BW-12, allowing the Federal Emergency Management Agency to complete an affordability study mandated by BW-12, propose targeted regulations to address any affordability problems found in the study and give Congress adequate time to review those regulations.

Flood insurance is required to secure a mortgage in many cities in the Bay Area. When homeowners cannot obtain flood insurance, sales of homes are stalled, said Carolyn Miller, president of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors.

“The five-year reauthorization of the NFIP will ensure that buyers will be able to obtain the flood insurance required to obtain a mortgage, and the new legislation that delays the flood insurance rate increases will ensure that all homes pay a rate that fairly reflects their risk of flooding,” she said.

The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors provided information for this article. For more information, email Rose Meily at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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