Reflective dome over hockey rink irks neighbors Portola Valley, posted by Editor, The Almanac Online, on Feb 17, 2009 at 1:21 pm
The dome enclosing Sun Microsystems Chairman Scott McNealy's 7,000-square-foot hockey rink is reflecting too much sunlight, say neighbors, including those across the valley in the Golden Oaks area of Portola Valley. Photo by Leslie Lambert.
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Posted by portolaresident, a resident of the Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley neighborhood, on Feb 18, 2009 at 11:52 am
This story shows me that some people of Portola Valley have way too much time on their hands.
I've seen the dome, and it never bothered me. I actually welcome the reflection of sunlight. Vitamin D is good in the winter. As is exercise. An old fashioned pond hockey game in Northern California is not an option. If I had the money, I would put one in my yard. And give it a bright shiny aluminum dome.
Get a Life, and maybe go out for a walk, or go for a skate at your local rink :)
Posted by Slap-shot, a resident of the Woodside: Family Farm/Hidden Valley neighborhood, on Feb 19, 2009 at 4:42 pm
Old-fashioned pond hockey is not an option in Northern California, so what's the sense in trying to create it in your backyard? There's something to be said for having a backyard that respects the terrain and climate.
Posted by Ice Skater, a resident of the Woodside: Mountain Home Road neighborhood, on Feb 23, 2009 at 11:59 am
An indoor hockey rink in your own backyard? Having that much money is OBSCENE. Especially in these hard times, and especially when it's spent on something that is an aesthetic disaster to the surrounding community. (Not unlike the unsightly Indian-casino-cancer that is spreading throughout the Sierra foothills!) So how many of his employees' jobs do you think this guy offshored, in order to fund this?
Posted by pc, a resident of the Portola Valley: Ladera neighborhood, on Mar 10, 2009 at 7:13 pm
If the ice rink owner got the permit then that's that. The town should be concerned about important issues like that diseased tree hanging over our Little League dugout on Ford Field. That tree is safety issue not a green issue. CUT IT DOWN NOW!
Our town council and mayor need to show some responsible leadership soon.
Posted by Ian, a resident of the Portola Valley: Westridge neighborhood, on Aug 3, 2009 at 11:42 pm
Do you think Nealy gives a darn about anyone but himself? Welcome to the world of the nouveau rich. Money but no class. He's not the least bit interested in being a considerate neighbor--"me first" is something that it quite typical behavior among the wealthy in this area. Unfortunately, because of their arrogance, we need to have more and more resrictions in our building codes.
If you want kids to be fit, all it takes is a pair of walking shoes--not an intrusive hockey rink. Nealy's kids are learning more than hockey; they are learning to be rude and inconsiderate of others.