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News

Campaign finance reports show lots of loans, few outliers

Campaign finance reports show lots of loans, few outliers


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Campaign yard signs are just one expenditure for candidates during election season.

Election finance filings are in, and Los Altos appears to be hosting a few financially lopsided races.

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Schools

Three Los Altos schools earn National Blue Ribbon designation

Three Los Altos schools earn National Blue Ribbon designation


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Bullis Charter School students wear their school spirit clothing to greet their mascot Oct. 3 in celebration of being named a National Blue Ribbon School.

Blach Intermediate, Egan Junior High and Bullis Charter schools ea...

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Community

Sports

Spartans run wild(cat) on Eagles

Spartans run wild(cat) on Eagles


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High running back Austin Johnson goes for a big gain after evading Los Altos High defensive tackle Phil Alameda in Friday’s game. Johnson scored two touchdowns for the Spartans.

After unveiling its wildc...

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Comment

Logan, McClatchie, Peruri for LASD board: Editorial

This is a crucial time for the Los Altos School District. Its leadership faces the challenge of balancing enrollment growth versus maintaining the small, neighborhood schools that make it a very popular district to attend. The district must also adap...

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Special Sections

City's minimum-wage hike earns mixed reviews: Raise to $10.30 an hour meets with approval – and concern

City's minimum-wage hike earns mixed reviews: Raise to $10.30 an hour meets with approval – and concern


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Tandava Waldon, left, manager of East West Bookstore on Castro Street in Mountain View, works with a customer. Waldon said the recently approved minimum-wage hike will have little impact on his business. “It’s not such a...

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Business

Delay Social Security? An easy way to decide

One of the most heatedly debated questions regarding Social Security is when to start.

You have the option of initiating benefits as early as age 62 or as late as age 70. The longer you wait, the larger the monthly payment you will receive over your...

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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

SUZANNE MONICA DIMM SPECHT

SUZANNE MONICA DIMM SPECHT

Suzanne Monica Dimm Specht passed Tuesday, Sept. 9th at the age of 84. Sue was born on April 21, 1930 in Portland, Oregon. After graduating from the University of Oregon in with a degree in Music, Sue taught in a little town called Clatskanie, Oreg...

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Travel

Los Altos resident's visit to North Korea proves enlightening

Los Altos resident's visit to North Korea proves enlightening


Courtesy of Sally Brew
North Korea is home to many monuments honoring its “Dear Leaders,” left.

In August, I traveled for 11 days with MIR Corp. to North Korea, a fascinating country that is almost completely cut off from the rest of the world. ...

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Stepping Out

'Trovatore' takes the stage in Palo Alto

'Trovatore' takes the stage in Palo Alto


Courtesy of José Luis Moscovich
West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” is slated to open Friday night in Palo Alto and run through Oct. 26.

West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” (“The Troubadour”) is scheduled to open this weekend...

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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 ad...

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Christians called to step forward in faith and care for others

You have heard it said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. Life is a journey – often not a fast journey, but a slow daily walk. I say it is a walk with God. A walk with God also begins with a first step, but it always depends on the next step. Once the journey is underway, the next step is always the most important. The next step keeps us moving forward. Or it could be that the next step is scary or dangerous, and we stop moving forward.

I know people whose spiritual journey has ground to a halt for one reason or another.

Perhaps it was bitterness; someone said something and it just twisted us inside.

Perhaps it is the inability to forgive that has us hung up at a particular spot, stewing in the injustice and unfairness of it all.

Perhaps the stumbling block is a fear: fear of the future, fear that God won’t show up when we need Him or fear that what we most dread will come to pass.

Perhaps the fear is that we might lose some of what we’ve got, and then life will look and be different from how it is now.

Perhaps the block is simply comfort, that we have gotten so used to our present level of comfort that we don’t want to move from where we are, don’t want to grow, don’t want to move forward.

Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos is working through the Gospel of Luke, and in Chapter 7 there is a centurion who has taken many steps in his walk of faith. He has walked away from the Roman gods to embrace the God of the Jews. He has taken steps to help the local Jews build their synagogue, and they consider him to be a good guy. He has a slave, which was not unusual for that time, but he loved the slave, which was unusual. The slave was dying, and the centurion begged the Jewish elders to ask Jesus to heal the servant. Jesus consents to come, but then the centurion sends a runner to Jesus saying that it isn’t necessary for Him to come, but just say the word and his servant would be healed. Jesus is amazed at the centurion’s faith, says the word, and the servant is healed.

For the centurion, there was this last step – that he care for others, someone besides himself. The calling of Christians to take another step forward in faith gradually becomes a calling to care for others, as Christ has taken care of our future. We don’t need to worry or focus on ourselves as much as love others, because we have been loved first.

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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