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Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew the...

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Schools

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos Scho...

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Sports

New-look Lancers find their footing

New-look Lancers find their footing


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad ...

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MV Whisman teachers cite low pay

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whism...

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Business

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy the...

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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

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

Pear puts on a pair of plays

Pear puts on a pair of plays


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House&...

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Spiritual Life

Back to Church Sunday offers opportunity to recommit

The children in Los Altos are back to school, and I can still hear parents cheering. Summer is officially over, even if the calendar doesn’t quite think so.

Parents have attended Back to School nights to meet their children’s teachers. B...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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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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