With a new demolition permit in the offing from the Woodside Town Council, defenders of the 1920s-era Jackling House are attempting to re-engage the same San Mateo County Superior Court judge who overturned a 2004 permit that would have given the go-ahead to Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs to destroy the mansion he has owned for many years.
The council meets in closed session at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, to discuss a May 26 motion by Uphold Our Heritage, Town Manager Susan George said in an interview. The council is set to return to open session at 7:30 p.m., when there will be a report action taken in closed session.
Uphold Our Heritage successfully sued Mr. Jobs and the town with Judge Marie Weiner denying Mr. Jobs his demolition permit in 2007. In her ruling, she identified shortcomings in Mr. Jobs' proposal, and Mr. Jobs has since tried to address them.
Unsatisfied with Mr. Jobs' efforts, Uphold Our Heritage is contesting the second demolition permit and attempting to continue Judge Weiner's jurisdiction in the case.
Howard Ellman, the attorney representing Mr. Jobs, has told the council, with some confidence, that he would make a separate motion ending Judge Weiner's jurisdiction.
After considering Mr. Jobs' efforts in response to Judge Weiner's ruling, the council voted 6-1 on May 12 to authorize a second demolition permit, and had scheduled a vote on it for the June 9 meeting. Ms. George said that staff needed more time, however, so action has been put off until June 23.
The council meets at Independence Hall at the corner of Whiskey Hill and Woodside roads.
The council will also hear from Ms. George on the 2009-2010 budget year, which begins July 1. Woodside is in good shape financially with a 100 percent reserve, Ms. George said recently.