Woodside weighs demo permit for Steve Jobs


The Woodside Town Council on Tuesday, June 23, will consider issuing a second demolition permit for the Jackling house, the 1920s-era mansion owned by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and the target of his ire in an eight-year effort to win permission to destroy it.

The council issued Mr. Jobs a demolition permit in 2004, but friends of the 18,000-square-foot house designed by architect George Washington Smith sued Mr. Jobs and the town and won. The judge ruled that Mr. Jobs did not prove demolition to be the only reasonable alternative to preserving the house, and an appeals court agreed.

The council meets at 7:30 p.m. in Independence Hall at the corner of Woodside and Whiskey Hill roads.

Also on the agenda: a reconsideration of the town's definition for "new building." The term's meaning is important in determining when new rules on fire-resistant construction apply to home remodels.

The council will consider rules for replacement buildings, additions and remodels, and foundation and seismic upgrades. A matrix prepared by Public Works Director Paul Nagengast maps these project types to requirements that include automatic fire sprinklers, new septic systems, and fire-resistant building methods and materials as defined by the state.

The council will also consider an application to host a two-day cycling event, part of the Summer National Senior Games, that would partially close Canada Road for about seven hours each day on the weekend of Aug. 6 and 7.


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Posted by R.GORDON
a resident of another community
on Jun 19, 2009 at 1:41 pm

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What a waste of tax payer's money and and frankly, what appears as a delay period for Mr. Jobs' plans to go ahead.
Having the financial ability to build 20 homes of his liking with all the proposed requirements is pure stupidity, except for the fact it is clear they don't welcome Mr. Jobs with open arms.
He is a sharper businessman than anyone and has the same attorneys as the other Silicon valley billionaires.
When you consider one of your most popular "philanthopists" built a beach house literally without any building permits which I have mentioned to Mr. Jobs. This "philanthropist" GREEN proponent, may be looking to run for public office,yet has enough skeletons in the COUNTY OFFICES which will come to light.It appears he is either getting rid of it or transferring it out of his TRUST.Mr.Jobs has been far more open and honest yet nobody questions this "financial investor".
Just give Jobs' contractors the information and he will build it to code and give some integrity back to how honest men do business.

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Posted by neighbor
a resident of Woodside: other
on Jun 19, 2009 at 5:34 pm

give the poor guy the "Go Ahead". Woodside is wasting more $$ fighting this when they could in fact be reaping a bit of revenue from property taxes.

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Posted by SJ Home RD
a resident of Woodside: other
on Jun 22, 2009 at 8:30 am

He should be given the permit. What is the issue. who goes to see these crumbling mansions throughout the year once they are restored. Its attention seeking tactic by these groups. Our school district needs the property taxes.

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Posted by R.GORDON
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on Jun 22, 2009 at 1:37 pm

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The council should be reminded that this is the 21st Century and it is in bad taste to spend money for the sake of a bunch of ladies in hats and handbags on committees to spend money and taxes on what they deem "historical preservation" of our past. 1925 has no social significance and they would be better served to look for housing for the poor, homeless and hungry.
This is a rich community but its inhabitants are no fools.I think Mr. Jobs has behaved in great taste during a long illness, lived in that decaying mansion and will probably not be interested in being approached for local causes since you have treated him so unfairly and his values are on a much higher spiritual plain if you bother to read about his life and contributions.
He does not own three homes or more next to one another like some Woodside residents so he does not have to have neighbors.

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Posted by Demetrius
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on Jun 22, 2009 at 1:56 pm

Actually, it's not tax-payer money that's being wasted but Steve Jobs' own money. It's his project, so he not only has to pay for the town's review of it, he has to pay for the legal fees associated with the court case.
In fact, the judge ruled that Steve had to pay the preservationists' legal costs when he lost the lawsuit.

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Posted by R.GORDON
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on Jun 23, 2009 at 12:48 pm

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If one has dealt with the San Mateo County Bldg. Dept. it matters not how rich or poor you are. What does matter is the clout one has with individuals.

Jobs having to pay the preservationists' cost is absurd even if it a write off, which he doesn't need. The Jackling house which is made to appear "older" by calling it a 1920's house is 1925 so just as close to being a house of the 30's only the architect did not do a brilliant piece of design and care if you ever had a chance to go through the place. It borders on being ugly. Again, the "new" upper crust social set are anxious to give history to this area, and in doing so, are just calling attention to this bad work done and G.W Smith in contrast to some of his more formidable architecture.
There have been some not so famous Frank LLoyd Wright homes destroyed with less of a brouhaha made just to give this area "class". It comes down to being as tacky as that.

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Posted by R.GORDON
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on Jun 29, 2009 at 1:15 pm

Just get well Mr. Jobs, and I have a feeling the house you build is going to be in keeping with your philosophy and extensive travel, so it is bound not to be an ostentatious place like some of the really vulgar overdone monstrosities.

I wish a Le Corbusier or a Pei were around here to help you with all the trouble you are going to run into with the building commission, which is salivating just ready to attack every decision you make.

Donate a nice water fountain to the new baseball field which was donated by someone to the richest community per capita in the U.S.

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