Woodside's Town Council heard testimony but delayed a decision Tuesday night on whether to issue a demolition permit to Apple Inc. founder Steve Jobs, who owns the property known as the Jackling Estate at 460 Mountain Home Road.
Mr. Jobs has been fighting the efforts of preservation-minded citizens since February 2001 over his plans to replace a 17,250-square-foot house built by industrialist Daniel Jackling in 1925 with a 6,000-square-foot modern home more to his liking.
After about four hours of testimony from a team representing Mr. Jobs and a mix of residents and out-of-towners representing the preservation side, the council voted unanimously to continue the public hearing to May 12.
Mr. Jobs had received a demolition permit in 2004 but he was sued and lost, then appealed and lost the appeal. His team was back before the Woodside council to try to correct the plan's shortcomings cited by the appeals court.
From advocates on both sides of the issue, the evening's arguments returned often to the question of whether the other side was acting in good faith.
The preservationists "will fill this room with righteous bombast but have done nothing to get this house" registered as a historic building, said Howard Ellman, Mr. Jobs' lawyer.
If Mr. Jobs were sincere about saving the house by agreeing to have someone relocate it, he would agree to mediation, said Miami Beach resident Clotilde Luce, who was there to represent the group Uphold Our Heritage.
Ms. Luce also suggested that Mr. Jobs put $5 million in an escrow account as a good-faith gesture to anyone who might be interested in moving the house.