Woodside weighs demo permit for Steve Jobs Woodside, posted by Editor, The Almanac Online, on Jun 19, 2009 at 1:41 pm
The Woodside Town Council on Tuesday, June 23, will consider issuing a second demolition permit for the Jackling house, the 1920s-era mansion owned by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and the target of his ire in an eight-year effort to win permission to destroy it.
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Posted by R.GORDON, a resident of another community, on Jun 19, 2009 at 1:41 pm R.GORDON is a member (registered user) of Almanac Online
What a waste of tax payer's money and and frankly, what appears as a delay period for Mr. Jobs' plans to go ahead.
Having the financial ability to build 20 homes of his liking with all the proposed requirements is pure stupidity, except for the fact it is clear they don't welcome Mr. Jobs with open arms.
He is a sharper businessman than anyone and has the same attorneys as the other Silicon valley billionaires.
When you consider one of your most popular "philanthopists" built a beach house literally without any building permits which I have mentioned to Mr. Jobs. This "philanthropist" GREEN proponent, may be looking to run for public office,yet has enough skeletons in the COUNTY OFFICES which will come to light.It appears he is either getting rid of it or transferring it out of his TRUST.Mr.Jobs has been far more open and honest yet nobody questions this "financial investor".
Just give Jobs' contractors the information and he will build it to code and give some integrity back to how honest men do business.
Posted by SJ Home RD, a resident of the Woodside: other neighborhood, on Jun 22, 2009 at 8:30 am
He should be given the permit. What is the issue. who goes to see these crumbling mansions throughout the year once they are restored. Its attention seeking tactic by these groups. Our school district needs the property taxes.
Posted by R.GORDON, a resident of another community, on Jun 22, 2009 at 1:37 pm R.GORDON is a member (registered user) of Almanac Online
The council should be reminded that this is the 21st Century and it is in bad taste to spend money for the sake of a bunch of ladies in hats and handbags on committees to spend money and taxes on what they deem "historical preservation" of our past. 1925 has no social significance and they would be better served to look for housing for the poor, homeless and hungry.
This is a rich community but its inhabitants are no fools.I think Mr. Jobs has behaved in great taste during a long illness, lived in that decaying mansion and will probably not be interested in being approached for local causes since you have treated him so unfairly and his values are on a much higher spiritual plain if you bother to read about his life and contributions.
He does not own three homes or more next to one another like some Woodside residents so he does not have to have neighbors.
Posted by Demetrius, a resident of the Woodside: other neighborhood, on Jun 22, 2009 at 1:56 pm
Actually, it's not tax-payer money that's being wasted but Steve Jobs' own money. It's his project, so he not only has to pay for the town's review of it, he has to pay for the legal fees associated with the court case.
In fact, the judge ruled that Steve had to pay the preservationists' legal costs when he lost the lawsuit.
Posted by R.GORDON, a resident of another community, on Jun 23, 2009 at 12:48 pm R.GORDON is a member (registered user) of Almanac Online
If one has dealt with the San Mateo County Bldg. Dept. it matters not how rich or poor you are. What does matter is the clout one has with individuals.
Jobs having to pay the preservationists' cost is absurd even if it a write off, which he doesn't need. The Jackling house which is made to appear "older" by calling it a 1920's house is 1925 so just as close to being a house of the 30's only the architect did not do a brilliant piece of design and care if you ever had a chance to go through the place. It borders on being ugly. Again, the "new" upper crust social set are anxious to give history to this area, and in doing so, are just calling attention to this bad work done and G.W Smith in contrast to some of his more formidable architecture.
There have been some not so famous Frank LLoyd Wright homes destroyed with less of a brouhaha made just to give this area "class". It comes down to being as tacky as that.
Posted by R.GORDON, a resident of another community, on Jun 29, 2009 at 1:15 pm
Just get well Mr. Jobs, and I have a feeling the house you build is going to be in keeping with your philosophy and extensive travel, so it is bound not to be an ostentatious place like some of the really vulgar overdone monstrosities.
I wish a Le Corbusier or a Pei were around here to help you with all the trouble you are going to run into with the building commission, which is salivating just ready to attack every decision you make.
Donate a nice water fountain to the new baseball field which was donated by someone to the richest community per capita in the U.S.