July 9: Portola Valley to hear water-conservation ideas

Portola Valley may hold a community forum on water conservation. It's one of several ideas that a water-conservation task force will present to the Town Council at its meeting on Wednesday, July 9.

The task force has been at work since April on generating ideas to address the drought. Among them: recognizing residents who do a good job conserving water, adding a water-conservation section to the town's website, and arranging tours of gardens employing best water-conservation practices.

The council will consider a budget of $3,400 and a work plan.

Go to this link and turn to page 60 for the staff report and presentation. The council meets at 7:30 p.m. in the Historic Schoolhouse at 765 Portola Road.

Also on the agenda is the council's first annual discussion of acquiring real property "for a compelling public purpose, including, but not limited to, open space, public facilities and affordable housing."

The policy calls for the council to appoint two people to work with the town attorney in identifying properties.

The focus on July 9 will be the acquisition of property as open space. By July 2015, the town will have more than $4 million available for the purchase of open space.

Related issues include the coming end to the consulting contract for planning services and bringing the entire planning department into Town Hall. A minor remodel will likely satisfy planning department needs, but Town Hall expansion -- and a capital campaign to pay for it -- may be necessary.

Dave Boyce


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Posted by pvparent
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Jul 8, 2014 at 12:10 pm

Town never should have denied the Priory the right to install an artificial surface for sports. We should have it at all the schools, the town center, and the town fields. No watering. Think of the savings this summer. Very short sighted decision.

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Posted by Joseph E. Davis
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jul 8, 2014 at 12:38 pm

In order to balance water usage with supply, raise the price of water as needed. It's as simple as that.

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Jul 8, 2014 at 1:03 pm

Is it as simple as that when a community includes residents who have seemingly bottomless pockets, people for whom price is no object?

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Posted by neighbor
a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Jul 9, 2014 at 12:23 am

Really? You're bringing up the Priory again? And the whole artificial turf thing? Truly, you need to move to Atherton, or some other concrete/artificial jungle.

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Posted by Joseph E. Davis
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jul 9, 2014 at 7:20 am

Joe, unless you think Sergey Brin and Tim Cook are at risk for drinking all the water in California, yes, it is.

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Jul 9, 2014 at 9:56 am

Having witnessed scandalous drought-be-damned behavior on my very street, sorry, Joseph E. Davis, but I don't buy your argument.

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