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News - March 27, 2013

Portola Valley volunteers chafe over limits on their affordable housing role

by Dave Boyce

==B Editor's note:== Portola Valley resident Susan Dworak said she was misquoted in a story on affordable housing in the March 27 issue of the Almanac. Ms. Dworak, a member of Portola Valley's Ad Hoc Affordable Housing Committee, said she did not say that the committee should be exempt from open-meeting restrictions and have a budget for legal counsel. "I inquired about these and other subjects pursuant to multiple prior discussions, but I did not make definitive suggestions as quoted," Ms. Dworak said in an email. The topic of state-mandated plans for affordable housing in Portola Valley is not a pathless landscape. Many avenues of inquiry offer themselves: Why is the state inserting itself into local affairs? Is socio-economic diversity important in a community of very high value homes? What does it cost to build such housing in such a town, and do the economics even work? Where exactly should such housing go?

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