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Glens neighborhood plans, wildfire prevention among new Woodside mayor's priorities

Original post made on Jan 6, 2020

Public service is part of the history of Woodside's new mayor Ned Fluet, who worked as a deputy attorney general in California and as an assistant U.S. attorney, among other government positions, before moving to private practice.

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Posted by glens resident
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Glens
on Jan 6, 2020 at 12:21 pm

Sounds promising, especially targeted fire-risk reduction in our vulnerable communities! Thanks Ned!

Posted by Neighbor
a resident of Portola Valley: Los Trancos Woods/Vista Verde
on Jan 6, 2020 at 12:38 pm

Welcome Mr Mayor,
Having dirt trails to ride bicycles up to Skyline blvd through Woodside and beyond is a long past due plan.
The ever busy roadways through our communities are fine for some bicyclists, however, many of us(especially those of us with kids) seek non motor vehicle traffic'd dirt path options.
South end of Crystal Springs Trail x Runnymede st ,Archery Fire Road in Huddart Park are a few that deserve serious consideration for Town of Woodside support to encourage SMCounty Parks to redesignate as non motorized bicycle routes.
There is not 1 inch of dirt trail available today for bicycle riders.
Please consider reflecting the needs of the broad community you represent.

Posted by awatkins
a resident of Woodside: Skywood/Skylonda
on Jan 6, 2020 at 2:39 pm

Living in Mayor Ned's district my biggest concern is wildfire. Protecting citizen's lives is the first priority of any government, way ahead of tinkering with land use.

Wouldn't it be great if Woodside took this problem as serious as Portola Valley?

PV has a committee devoted to it, and a written plan you can read at Web Link

Where is Woodside's wildfire plan?

We in the "western hills" have a huge property owner (Open Space) responsible for areas like Thornewood that are basically big piles of kindling waiting for a match.

This directly threatens the entire Skywood and Grandview neighborhoods.

And we have the primary exit route, Hwy. 84 aka La Honda Road, that is shrouded in brush. A few hundred feet of that got cleared year before last but then work mysteriously stopped. What's up with that?

So maybe our mayor and town council could use their influence to get actual physical progress done by working with those agencies.

Ned's assuming that first order of business is to "educate" the public, as he seems to do here, is certainly easy. But how does he know that ignorance is what keeps people from clearing brush and fire-proofing their homes? Has he asked anyone?

Posted by Glens Resident
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Glens
on Jan 7, 2020 at 3:00 pm

Ned - it's fantastic to hear your commitment to finalizing changes in Woodside Glens that will allow families to upgrade their homes to modern standards! It's long overdue and needed. It also has the additional benefit that when we use modern construction materials, even a larger home is more fireproof.

One question on fire safety that could be more clear: there are many protected trees (due to size / species) that are also fire hazards due to proximity to homes. How do we ensure that homeowners can have the needed rights to protect their life safety in these situations?