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Editorial: Good move by Woodside commission on construction violations

Original post made on Jul 13, 2014

Every so often city council members and planning commissioners are put in the uncomfortable position of trying to determine whether residents who have violated the terms of their building permits are being sincere when they say: "Oops. I made a mistake. I'm sorry -- have mercy." The Woodside Planning Commission was in just that situation on July 2, and acted wisely.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 10:56 AM

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Posted by Dave
a resident of Portola Valley: Brookside Park
on Jul 13, 2014 at 9:22 pm

All of the news about this event seems to avoid the obvious. No construction manager or design team on a project of this magnitude would jeopardize their relationship with the Town without extreme pressure from the property owner. The direction to proceed with these changes without official sanction must have come from the top. In fact, it's quite possible these "changes" were planned from the beginning, but would have triggered a lengthier, costlier and more controversial review.

The local team will probably never speak freely about this, so we'll never find out. But we do have pretty good information that the owner is truly an "out-of-towner" who may have little regard for local sensibilities but does have plenty of money to buy the loyalty of his workers.

I'm not working with any insider knowledge here. Just been there, done that!