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Woodside council sends draft housing element to the state

Original post made on Jul 13, 2022

The council spent over three hours discussing amongst themselves and listening to public comment on the topic before coming to an agreement.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, July 13, 2022, 11:44 AM

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Posted by Mary Hufty
a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Jul 13, 2022 at 2:03 pm

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Thank you Angela for this helpful reporting. Woodside Town Council has done good work on their housing plan. Tonight is the Portola Valley Town Council opportunity to make wise and hard choices, to remember that the environment, the animals both domestic and wild, and the land can not speak for themselves, and to practice respect for residents and employees, though it is may try everyone's patience, enjoy curiosity driven listening.

It is complicated but we can do this!


Posted by CyberVoter
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jul 13, 2022 at 2:44 pm

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To Mary & others:
What does "we can do this" mean? What will Woodside & Portola Valley look like after this "Housing Element" & the next one & the next one? Will the every peninsula city look the same? Will the housing/office/retail sprawl along all of El Camino be duplicated along many more arteries? Where does it lead to?

The root problem is NOT the Town Council but rather the remote & distanced bureaucrats at California's HCD & our Regional ABAG that have taken away local control & are enforcing their view of how you should live. YOU are now the endangered species!

The only answer is to "educate" & hold our local State Representative (Marc Berman) & State Senator (Josh Becker) accountable for voting for & continuing to support this madness. We can only stop the destruction of our neighborhoods by changing our representatives (& Governor) in Sacramento! We should be "lecturing" them & not the beleaguered Town Council members.

Posted by Stuart
a resident of Woodside: Mountain Home Road
on Jul 13, 2022 at 5:19 pm

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We listened to the meeting on Zoom last night (the audio was terrible unless the speaker was up against the microphone). Whichever member of the council that blasted the state is right: how will California build 300K+ houses per year when the total production has never exceeded much more than 100K?

Posted by Meg
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Jul 14, 2022 at 3:05 pm

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We can have both housing and wilderness, but I certainly agree we need to get new representation in order to achieve it. Both Berman and Becker are part of that Sacramento lazy way out. They prefer to turn the problem over to big business and hope for the best. That has not served anyone well.

Posted by CyberVoter
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jul 15, 2022 at 3:01 pm

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You are correct, but Berman & Becker have really turned over to "opportunity" to:
1) Big Donors
2) Big Real Estate Developers & Agents
3) Big Government

Our local communities will have no say in the decisions until we vote out those currently in power. Yet, the Almanac is silent about which November candidates have what positions on the "Housing Element" & SB-9.

Perhaps the Almanac could do the community the service of helping the residents (their subscribers) to understand the true positions on Berman, Becker & their November opponents!

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