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April 21, 2004

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Publication Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Woodside Notes Woodside Notes (April 21, 2004)

Yvette Ma joins Planning Commission

Yvette Ma, a software startup company vice president, is the newest member of the Woodside Planning Commission. A Woodside resident since 2001, she was appointed to the commission by the Town Council at the April 13 meeting on a 5-0 vote, with councilmen Dave Tanner and Pete Sinclair absent.

Ms. Ma had the strong support of former Planning Commissioner Stella Weng Kister, who recently resigned her seat. Asked whether she would support the town's equestrian traditions and trail system, she won smiles and chuckles from the council by replying that her last name means horse in Chinese.

"So I guess that makes me a horse person," she said.

Council endorses county park district

The Town Council endorsed a first step toward creating a special park district in San Mateo County.

At the April 13 meeting, the council voted 6-0, with Councilman Dave Tanner absent, to pass a resolution supporting the enabling legislation. Only after the legislation, sponsored by state Sen. Byron Sher, is signed into law, can a ballot measure be brought to county voters creating the special district.

San Mateo County is one of two in the Bay Area that doesn't have any dedicated funding to support its parks, said Woodside resident Daniel Yost. Mr. Yost is a member of the Friends of Huddart and Wunderlich Parks, an organization that raises money for the two county parks that are adjacent to Woodside.

-- Andrea Gemmet

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