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Council hosts study session on downtown parking garage

Council hosts study session on downtown parking garage


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council continues to explore options to address parking constraints in the downtown triangle.

The Los Altos City Council last week held the first of two study sessions to discuss the potential construct...

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Schools

LAHS Science and Technology Week features medical examiner

LAHS Science and Technology Week features medical examiner


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A Los Altos High School student learns how to use robotic surgical equipment at the school’s Science and Technology Week event last year. Students can also attend hands-on presentations at this year’s event, w...

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Community

Ahoy, matey: Pirate Manor ramps up Halloween display

Ahoy, matey: Pirate Manor ramps up Halloween display


Town Crier File Photo
Pirate Manor is once again scheduled to arrive in the front yard of Dane and Jill Glasgow’s home on Manor Way in Los Altos, just in time for Halloween.

Although not the Walking Dead, pirate skeletons have been brought to li...

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Sports

Lancers rule the pool against Spartans

Lancers rule the pool against Spartans


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Eric Reitmeir launches the ball over Mountain View High driver David Niehaus (2) and goalie Kenny Tang. The host Lancers won Friday’s non-league game 9-3.

There wasn’t a lot on the line Friday when ...

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Reeder, Fung for El Camino HCD: Editorial

The good news for the El Camino Healthcare District (formerly the El Camino Hospital District, for those still getting used to the new name) is that there is a contested election Nov. 4 for the district’s board of directors. Three candidates are runn...

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Special Sections

Plant-based diet offers benefits

Plant-based diet offers benefits


Photo by Ramya Krishna
Los Altos resident Nandini Krishna prepares a meat-free dish According to author Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., M.D., a plant-based diet can help prevent cancer.

Shirley Okita of Los Altos has found that adhering to a mostly plant...

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Business

New shop offers haute couture for girls

New shop offers haute couture for girls


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Girls @ Los Altos at 239 State St. offers clothing lines such as Nellystella as well as toys and other items for girls.

Cecilia Chen opened The Girls @ Los Altos as a tribute to the party dress. Whether it’s for...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

BARBARA DARLING MERIDETH

1946-2014

Born in Palo Alto, raised in Los Altos, retired in southern Oregon. Survived by Peter James Merideth, sons Matthew, Jacob and John Merideth, the loves of her life.

She was a housewife who took great pride in her home, her surroundings and...

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Travel

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors


Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, above, boasts a beautiful setting for viewing fall’s colors – and sampling the vineyard’s wines.

Yes, Virginia, there is fall in California.

The colors pop out in...

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Stepping Out

'Sleepy Hollow' awakens at Bus Barn

'Sleepy Hollow' awakens at Bus Barn



Los Altos Youth Theatre’s production of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” a musical based on Washington Irving’s classic story, is set to run through Nov. 2 at Bus Barn Theater. The cast comprises 27 young actors, directed by Cindy Powell. Courtesy o...

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Spiritual Life

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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 ad...

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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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