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News - May 5, 2010

Woodside: Jackling house defenders appeal ruling

by Dave Boyce

Another chapter is ahead in the long-running story of Woodside's Jackling house, that Jazz Age summer mansion designed by architect George Washington Smith for copper king Daniel C. Jackling and now the property of Apple Corp. chief executive Steve Jobs, who wants to rid himself of it and replace it with a more modern home.

Defenders of the house, a group called Uphold Our Heritage, have appealed a March 8 ruling by Judge Marie S. Weiner that gave Mr. Jobs the right to pursue a demolition permit, according to an e-mail from Uphold's attorney, Douglas Carstens.

The appeal, filed on April 29, Mr. Carstens said, retains Uphold's rights as negotiations proceed between Mr. Jobs and a Woodside couple, Jason and Magalli Yoho, who have submitted parts of a plan to the town to take the house apart and move it to a nearby property in Woodside.

"The Yohos have not yet submitted everything the town needs in order to process their application(s)," Town Manager Susan George said in an April 30 e-mail. "My staff and I continue to work with them to facilitate their submittal, but there's only so much we can do."

Among the issues facing the Yohos are permits from the town to trim large trees that get in the way of moving the house safely. The house is also significantly weathered and was open to the weather with resulting damage to the interior.

A demolition permit for Mr. Jobs is most probably at least 30 days away from being ready, Ms. George added.

Attorneys for Mr. Jobs have been talking with the Yohos, the talks are going well, and the issue may be resolved outside a courtroom, Mr. Carstens said.

Ms. Yoho, in an interview, said that if they win the right to move the house about 2 miles to Lindenbrook Road, her family would live in it.

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