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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


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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Shortage of wrestlers has not stopped Los Altos from contending in division


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Zoe Morgan, top, competes against Santa Clara Thursday. She won her match. The senior has a shot of making the girls state championships, according to coach Randy Jimenez.

Imagine wrestling with one arm tied behind your back. That’s essentially what the Los Altos High wrestling team is doing this season.

The Eagles are able to use both arms, but they could use more of them. Los Altos doesn’t have a varsity wrestler heavier than 170 pounds, meaning it must forfeit four weight classes – 182, 195, 220 and 285 – at each meet.

“We’re going into every dual meet giving up 24 points,” Eagles coach Randy Jimenez said, “but we’re still competing. As small as we are, we go out there and kick butt.”

With Thursday’s 36-30 home win over Santa Clara – another shorthanded squad – Los Altos improved to 2-1 in the SCVAL El Camino Division.

Jimenez is confident the Eagles can win their last three dual meets to finish at or near the top of the division. Los Altos is scheduled to visit Homestead 6:30 p.m. Thursday, travel to Harker Feb. 6 and host Milpitas Feb. 13; all meets begin at 6:30 p.m.

“I think we can win out,” he said. “Our guys go hard. They bought in from the start and train hard.”

Five of the team’s 10 varsity wrestlers set the tempo, according to Jimenez. They are returnees Sean Lanoza (152 pounds), James Sobrino (145), Carter Lee (138), Briham Gonzales (132) and Brian Wang (120).

“These kids work really hard and put the team on their back,” the coach said.

Lanoza, a junior, sports a 9-5 record (including tournaments) and ranks among the top 10 in his weight class in the Central Coast Section. A standout running back on the Los Altos football team, Lanoza “transitioned almost effortlessly” to wrestling,” Jimenez said, and “has strength, skill and knowledge. He’s improved greatly from last year.”

Sobrino, a senior, is “a leg-riding kind of guy,” the coach said. “He’s really physical.”

Lanoza and Sobrino – along with juniors Lee and Gonzales – have the best shot of advancing to next month’s CCS meet, according to the coach, though he didn’t count out Wang, either.

“He works really hard,” Jimenez said of the junior,” and he’s showing a lot of improvement.”

Newcomer Joe Donnelly – a 106-pound freshman who recently transferred to Los Altos from Maryland – “could go to CCS, too,” the coach said. “He has a lot of experience.” Donnelly pinned his opponent in 1 minute, 55 seconds Thursday night.

Wrestlers who place high enough at the league meet – slated Feb. 15 at Monta Vista – advance to CCS, scheduled Feb. 28 and March 1 at Independence High.

The Eagles expect to have three representatives at the CCS girls championships, set for Feb. 7 and 8 at Oak Grove High. Jimenez said senior Zoe Morgan has the best chance of reaching the state tournament, slated Feb. 28 and March 1 in Visalia,

“She’s a beast,” Jimenez said. “She almost made it last year and she’s really hungry this year.”

Lancers top Bells

In a clash of West Catholic Athletic League rivals, host St. Francis beat Bellarmine 34-24 Thursday.

The Lancers won eight weight classes, with Jack Casarez (197 pounds) and Brandon Retuta (220) pinning their opponents from Bellarmine.

2013 wrestling: Los Altos High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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