Editorial: Giving thanks

Festival of Lights
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The Los Altos Festival of Lights "Snow Queen" waves to fans during the 2016 parade.

On the eve of Thanksgiving, we pause from our turkey dinner preparations to give thanks.

Thanks to the volunteers who make the Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade a success every year. This year marks the parade’s 40th anniversary. The parade, with its Santa float, marching bands and costumed fairy-tale characters, is scheduled 6 p.m. Sunday along Main and State streets.

Thanks to all of our community volunteers, who take time out of their busy lives to help others. Volunteers don’t do it for recognition, but nonetheless a 12-member committee comprising Los Altos and Los Altos Hills residents selects and honors a new group of volunteers each year. Their efforts culminate in an annual awards luncheon, scheduled Dec. 8. Again, we understand that people who help others do so for selfless reasons, but such an event offers the opportunity to pay tribute to the wonderful community in which we live.

Thanks to those who contribute to the Town Crier’s annual Holiday Fund campaigns. Even if you want to volunteer but don’t have the time, a Holiday Fund donation supports 20 nonprofit organizations that commit their time and expertise to help people in a variety of ways. Their missions range from teaching underserved families how to manage their money (Sunday Friends) to providing music education to children in economically disadvantaged areas (Music for Minors) and helping families in crisis (CHAC – Community Health Awareness Council and Sky’s the Limit Fund). For more information on the fund, see pages 14 and 15 in this week’s issue.

On a lighter note, thanks to those city of Los Altos staffers who had the good sense to take traffic responsibilities away from the Planning and Transportation Commission, its name since 2011, and change it back to the “Los Altos Planning Commission.” Traffic duties have been transferred to the former Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission, recently renamed the “Complete Streets Commission.” To sum up: One group deals with traffic of all kinds, the other handles building development. So for now, all is right with the universe – until someone forwards the idea of a Planning and Culinary Arts Commission.

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