Mounted Patrol will meet to work out compromise


The end is in sight as critics of and advocates for the Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County spoke to the Woodside Town Council last night (Tuesday) as it reconsidered several decade-old questions about the Patrol's use permit and what activities are allowed on the Patrol's 23-acre property.

The discussion centered on four matters in particular:

■ Finding a balance between the competing priorities of screening the Patrol grounds from neighbors and removing fire-prone vegetation, as requested by the Woodside Fire Protection District.

■ Determining who can use a fire truck access road and when.

■ Keeping neighbors and the town apprised of changes to the Patrol's events calendar.

■ Increasing the number of "medium intensity" events, such as rodeos, at the Kings Mountain Road property.

In the end, after a thorough going over of the Patrol's past rodeo-related sins, including loud and vulgar patrons, unpleasant odors and the associated unpleasant insects, Patrol spokesman Rick DeBenedetti issued more than one mea culpa and backed off on the most controversial of its requested changes, the number of events allowed.

The council welcomed the change and asked that town staff, members of the Patrol, and nearby residential neighbors meet and work out a compromise. Town Manager Susan George said she would try to bring the council a revised set of agreed upon criteria by December.

What is community worth to you?
Support local journalism.


Like this comment
Posted by Judi Kiel
a resident of Woodside: other
on Oct 26, 2011 at 12:48 pm

I was not able to attend the town meeting last night but I am very happy to hear that there is a compromise in the works with neighbors and Mounted Patrol! Also the fact that the town's building & planning has been working with our horse owner community. Relaxing the mandatory lot square footage for homeowners who wish to board their horses on their property is a welcomed change for horse owners and fosters ownership and stability for horses and property owners.

Posted by Name hidden
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle

on Jun 5, 2017 at 11:49 pm

Due to repeated violations of our Terms of Use, comments from this poster are automatically removed. Why?

Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

All your news. All in one place. Every day.

Contemporary Indian restaurant, Ettan, headed to Palo Alto
By Elena Kadvany | 5 comments | 6,103 views

Good News: The New Menlo Park Rail Subcommittee Hits A Home Run
By Dana Hendrickson | 12 comments | 1,723 views

Premarital and Couples: Tips for Hearing (Listening) and Being Known
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 1,367 views

Two degrees can do all that?
By Sherry Listgarten | 3 comments | 909 views

Tame, Maim and Claim the Wild Sea Vegetable
By Laura Stec | 1 comment | 498 views


Register today!

On Friday, October 11, join us at the Palo Alto Baylands for a 5K walk, 5K run, 10K run or half marathon! All proceeds benefit local nonprofits serving children and families.

Learn More