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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

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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Mtn. View girls top Los Altos on last-minute goal

After a string of ties to begin league play, the Mountain View High girls soccer team desperately needed a win – and the Spartans got one with a last-minute goal against rival Los Altos last week.

Morgan Matthews delivered the game’s lone goal in the 80th minute, racing past a defender to receive a through pass from Isabel De Armas and boot it into the right side of the net Jan. 22.

“It was an important result for us,” said Mountain View coach Ivan Bandov, whose squad opened SCVAL De Anza Division play by tying Homestead, Los Gatos and Palo Alto. “It’s nice we haven’t lost in over a month, but you need wins eventually to make CCS, which is the No. 1 goal.”

The Spartans earned another win Friday, routing Monta Vista 8-0. Matthews made three goals; Erin Higa scored one and notched three assists.

Mountain View improved to 2-0-3 in league and 6-2-4 overall.

Los Altos, defending Central Coast Section Division II champ, bounced back Friday by defeating Homestead 3-0. Rebecca Andrews scored two goals; Katie Winter had a goal and an assist.

The victory boosted the Eagles’ record to 3-1-1 in league and 5-3-2 overall.

St. Francis scored a goal in each half to beat host Sacred Heart Cathedral 2-0 Jan. 22 in West Catholic Athletic League play. Maddie Vukcevich scored the initial goal and assisted Annie Kingman on the second.

The Lancers improved to 4-3 in league and 9-4 overall.

Shorthanded Pinewood fell 1-0 to host Notre Dame-San Jose Thursday. The Panthers, competing with just 10 players, held Notre Dame scoreless into the final 20 minutes of action.

Coach Michael Tetzlaff said his girls “held up nicely against a team with a lot of substitutes, but “ultimately we were outnumbered, and they were able to slip a goal past our defense.”

Coupled with Saturday’s 4-0 loss at King’s Academy, Pinewood fell to 2-4-0 in the WBAL Foothill Division and 3-11-0 overall.

Boys basketball

Host Pinewood crushed Crystal Springs Uplands 67-25 Friday.

The Panthers (3-1 WBAL, 11-3 overall) led 37-13 at intermission. Ryan Brice paced Pinewood with 18 points; Jordan Riches had 14.

St. Francis’ struggles in the WCAL continued last week. The Lancers lost both games, slumping to 1-5 in league, 11-5 overall.

They fell 72-48 to visiting St. Ignatius Friday and lost 61-49 at Sacred Heart Cathedral Jan. 22.

No St. Francis player scored double-digit points Friday; Brycen Carbonel tallied 13 points against Sacred Heart.

Girls basketball

Jayme Hughes’ buzzer-beating 3-pointer lifted Mountain View to a 55-54 win over Palo Alto Friday. Natalie Lillie – double teamed in the back court – lobbed the pass to Hughes, who turned and fired the shot from approximately 30 feet.

Hughes totaled 21 points to lead the host Spartans (2-3 De Anza Division, 10-6 overall).

Los Altos extended its winning streak to 12 games by beating Homestead 57-40 Friday.

Meghan McDermott scored 22 points for the visiting Eagles, who upped their record to 5-0 in the SCVAL El Camino Division and 13-3 overall.

Boys soccer

Despite missing its top two scorers from last season, the Mountain View boys keep winning. The Spartans improved to 3-1 in the De Anza Division and 9-2-1 overall with last week’s 6-0 thumping of rival Los Altos.

Mountain View is playing without last year’s leading scorer, Guillermo Burger, who decided not to play this season, according to coach Jim McGuirk, and two weeks ago lost this year’s leading scorer, Brad Bumgarner, to an ankle injury.

The Spartans have compensated with a balanced attack. In the Jan. 22 rout of Los Altos and 3-2 win over Palo Alto in their previous game, a total of seven players scored goals.

“The guys are stepping up and playing well without Brad,” said McGuirk, who doesn’t know when Bumgarner (12 goals) will return.

Against Los Altos, Collin Hurst and Jim Radford each notched a goal and an assist. Josue Aguilar, Logan Allen, Andrew Bossett and Johann Pistorius scored Mountain View’s other goals.

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