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News - October 5, 2011

Community meeting on Alpine trail

As the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors weighs a third vote on whether to accept $10 million from Stanford University to upgrade a trail that runs along Alpine Road, the county manager's office is hosting a follow-up session on Tuesday, Oct. 4, to discuss the results from two round-table discussions held in September.

(The supervisors rejected Stanford's offer in 2007 and 2010, echoing opinion aired in the communities of Stanford Weekend Acres and, to a lesser extent, Ladera, where opinion seems to have shifted.)

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Ladera Oaks Swim & Tennis Club at 3249 Alpine Road.

Comments from the recent sessions have been posted on the county website for about a week. The results, not a scientific sample, weigh heavily in favor of the county accepting Stanford's money.

Of the 153 comments posted, 96 urge the supervisors to accept Stanford's offer, 48 urge rejection and nine appear to be undecided.

Of those participants who clearly stated where they lived, 37 live in Ladera, 25 in Stanford Weekend Acres, and five in Portola Valley. The remaining 73 could not be determined.

Of the 37 Ladera residents, 34 expressed support and 3 opposed, compared to 8 and 16 from Weekend Acres and 49 and 24 from the unidentified group. All five Portola Valley residents supported the offer.

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