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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 ad...

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A war of words

When Shakespeare wrote, "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet," he sure wasn't talking about U.S. policy in Iraq.

There are lots of names you could call President Bush's recently unveiled plans for that beleaguered, befuddled nation, but Bush's preference appears to be "troop surge." Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice calls it an "augmentation." Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid calls it an "escalation," and I bet Jon Stewart of "The Daily Show" will eventually coin a phrase for it that gets bleeped on air when he utters it.

According to Frank Luntz, author of "Words That Work: It's Not What You Say, It's What People Hear," roses smell sweet or foul depending on the nomenclature. As a G.O.P. pollster, Luntz was the brains behind swapping out "death tax" for "estate tax" and "climate change" for "global warming."

Luntz disapproves of all three choices: surge, augmentation and escalation. He believes the Bush administration should have gone with a "re" word, like "reinvestment" or "re-establishment." "Re-" words, he claims, convey a thoughtfulness and direction shift that the American people are looking for, and would have mitigated Bush's "stay the course" obstinacy that many now regard as folly.

As for me, a lover of words, idioms and languages in general, I don't give a hoot what you call it, though I think "re-Baathification" would have been hilarious. I just think sending 21,000 additional troops to Iraq while threatening Iran and Syria on national television (though I am not opposed to doing it privately) isn't going to help.

Now, I admit, I am the absolute opposite of a military expert - I think gun usage is almost always cruel, and I have no sense of geography, topography and direction - so my opinion is probably worthless in these matters.

Gen. John Abizaid, former top commander of U.S. troops in the Middle East and a fluent Arabic speaker, wasn't keen on the idea either. However, Abizaid's been replaced by Adm. William Fallon, a Navy guy in charge of Iraq, which is virtually a landlocked country. I guess Fallon will come in handy when we take on Iran and Syria.

Call the strategy what you will, but let's hope it doesn't turn out to be Bush's "Hail Mary pass," another term I've heard thrown around lately by military guys who look like they've been around the gridiron a few times.

The Iraq war has cost lives, limbs, human suffering and maybe even our country's economic stability. Expense for the war is $2 billion per week, and because we don't have the tax revenue to pay the bills, we've been selling U.S. bonds by the barrel to China.

The Bush administration doesn't have a catchphrase for that dicey financial relationship yet, but I won't smell a rose by any other name no matter what you call it.

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