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Meet the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors candidates

Meet the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors candidates

Two candidates have filed to run for the District 7 seat on the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors in the Nov. 4 election. The water district, established in 1929, oversees and protects water resources in Santa Clara County....

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Schools

New LAHS assistant principal focuses on school activities

New LAHS assistant principal focuses on school activities


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Suzanne Woolfolk, assistant principal at Los Altos High, teaches a leadership course for Associated Student Body leaders.

Suzanne Woolfolk – new assistant principal at Los Altos High School – said she is happy...

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Community

Petting zoo, car show highlight Chamber's annual Fall Festival

Petting zoo, car show highlight Chamber's annual Fall Festival


Courtesy of Los Altos Chamber of Commerce
The petting zoo is a highlight of the Los Altos Fall Festival. This year’s event is slated Oct. 4 and 5.

The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its 23rd annual Fall Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oc...

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Sports

Burlingame bowls over Los Altos

Burlingame bowls over Los Altos


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High halfback Sean Lanoza looks for running room against Burlingame in Saturday’s home opener.

The opening drive of Saturday’s game against Burlingame couldn’t have gone much better for the Los Altos High fo...

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Comment

Does Los Altos have a parking problem, or is it a symptom? : Other Voices

Yes, and yes. It appears that the downtown Los Altos parking problem is a symptom of the city’s “Sarah Winchester” approach to planning that instead of resulting in staircases to nowhere resulted in a hotel without parking required by code.(1)

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Special Sections

Los Altos landmark Four families later, Shoup House goes on the market

Los Altos landmark Four families later, Shoup House goes on the market


Courtesy of Matthew Anello
The Shoup House dining room, above, features original elements. The 100-year-old house on University Avenue earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, a nod to its legacy as the home of city founder Paul S...

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Business

Longtime banker readies for retirement

Longtime banker readies for retirement


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Joanne Kavalaris is retiring at the end of October after spending the past 25 years of her banking career in downtown Los Altos.

A longtime Los Altos banker is calling it a career in a few weeks.

Joanne Kavalaris, Bank o...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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People

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

July 27, 1953 – August 12, 2014

Native Los Altan died Medford, OR. Graduated Bellarmine Prep. Married Josephine Domino, 1950. Licensed Auto Mechanic, Private Pilot, skilled Computer Scientist. Tim “could fix anything”. Afflicted with cancer 2001. ...

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Travel

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup


Rich Robertson/Special to the Town Crier
The sun sets over the Aegean Sea in Bodrum, Turkey, left.

Tours that whisk you from Istanbul to Bodrum in 11 days are as plentiful as souvenir hawkers in Turkey, but traveling from the Blue Mosque to Topkapi ...

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Stepping Out

Pear builds wonderful 'House'

Pear builds wonderful 'House'


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Betsy Kruse Craig portrays Trish in the Pear Avenue Theatre production of “House,” which closes Oct. 5.

Mountain View’s Pear Avenue Theatre is staging an unusual theater-going experience – producing two plays...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also add ...

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Psalm 82: God will judge those who use power to oppress others

Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos recently examined Psalm 82, a psalm of justice.

Justice seems to be very important to God; in fact, it is one of His most basic characteristics. His people cry out for it throughout the Old Testament, God wants it from His people and it is one of Christ’s goals – to proclaim justice to the nations.

When we are in a vulnerable place, we cry out for justice. But when we are powerful, we seem to want our rights more.

I have long thought that the way a society treats those who are vulnerable – the Bible mentions the poor, orphans, immigrants and widows – is really the measure of what sort of a society it is.

America was intended to be different, a place where these sorts of folks are welcomed. Think about the inscription on the Statue of Liberty – “Send us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses” – because America set out to be unique, a city on a hill, a light to the world. America wanted to be what governments and people groups never were: just.

Psalm 82 is God being very clear that He wants justice, that the rights of the vulnerable are not to be taken away, that people in positions of power must answer for the injustice they see but do nothing about.

This has been a constant struggle for humans. In the Old Testament, there were judges who had the power of God, the power to decide between people, the power to determine the truth, the power to settle disputes. The problem was that it was humans, like you and me, who were given this power. And they abused it. They were susceptible to bribery and corruption. But God isn’t. It is God who will judge those who are unjust, those who use their power to oppress others.

The problem is that we are all powerful people. Everyone who reads this paper has lots of power – the power of financial resources, the power of education, the power of business acumen and the power of our voice, which is connected to more people than ever before in history. We are powerful people. That doesn’t mean that we have to right every wrong. That will happen someday, when Christ returns.

Even though we can’t do everything, we can do something. I believe that God puts on our hearts different situations, different people, who when we learn about what has happened, cry out, “That is so wrong!” This is God moving us toward justice, toward putting out faith into action.

We cannot help everyone, but we can help one person, or two. Or maybe a few more.

God calls us to justice, and shows us what justice is like. Jesus is God’s justice; He comes not to condemn but to save, not to punish but to forgive, not with a whip but with grace.

Christians are called to justice, and all of us will confront a situation where we can either walk away or pursue justice. I hope your response is to act justly and walk humbly with God.

The Rev. David Moore is pastor of Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos, 858 University Ave. For more information, call 948-4361 or visit unionpc.org.

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