Town Square

Post a New Topic

Editorial: Good move by Woodside commission on construction violations

Original post made on Jul 13, 2014

Every so often city council members and planning commissioners are put in the uncomfortable position of trying to determine whether residents who have violated the terms of their building permits are being sincere when they say: "Oops. I made a mistake. I'm sorry -- have mercy." The Woodside Planning Commission was in just that situation on July 2, and acted wisely.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 10:56 AM

Comments (1)

Like this comment
Posted by Dave
a resident of Portola Valley: Brookside Park
on Jul 13, 2014 at 9:22 pm

All of the news about this event seems to avoid the obvious. No construction manager or design team on a project of this magnitude would jeopardize their relationship with the Town without extreme pressure from the property owner. The direction to proceed with these changes without official sanction must have come from the top. In fact, it's quite possible these "changes" were planned from the beginning, but would have triggered a lengthier, costlier and more controversial review.

The local team will probably never speak freely about this, so we'll never find out. But we do have pretty good information that the owner is truly an "out-of-towner" who may have little regard for local sensibilities but does have plenty of money to buy the loyalty of his workers.

I'm not working with any insider knowledge here. Just been there, done that!

Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.


Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Coming soon: Fire Oak & Barley in Palo Alto
By Elena Kadvany | 5 comments | 2,889 views

Meditation Before Medication for Better Mental Health
By Chandrama Anderson | 11 comments | 1,773 views

The Saddle Room – A True Friend of Kids
By Laura Stec | 2 comments | 1,714 views

Moving Away - becoming long-distance friends
By Cheryl Bac | 6 comments | 915 views

The Four E's--Pope Francis and the Middle Class
By Steve Levy | 1 comment | 481 views