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What happens when reasonable developments are turned down

Original post made by Peter Carpenter, Atherton: Lindenwood, on Jun 3, 2013

From today's SJ Mercury News:

"Mercury News Editorial
Posted: 05/31/2013 03:00:00 PM PDT
Updated: 06/02/2013 05:51:21 PM PDT

San Jose City Councilman Pierluigi Oliverio turned heads when he walked into the Los Gatos Town Council meeting two weeks ago and filled out a card to speak.
The agenda item was the proposed Albright Office Park where Netflix hopes to expand across Highway 85 from its current campus on Winchester Boulevard. Polls show popular support for the plan, but NIMBY opponents are vocal and, amazingly, some council members seem sympathetic. It would be incredibly stupid to turn down this plan -- but just in case, Oliverio was there to remind Netflix that the city next door waits with open arms."

"There are some very smart people on the Los Gatos council, and we hope they prevail Monday. If not, we hope San Jose does salvage Netflix's new jobs -- but the embarrassing tale still will have business recruiters gloating in Austin, Boston and Denver. Who could blame them?"

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