Longtime Woodside Town Council member and architect Peter Mason has resigned from his council seat, according to a March 9 letter to Mayor Chris Shaw, a copy of which was provided to The Almanac.
Town Clerk Dora Wong confirmed the substance of the letter, adding that a public announcement of Mr. Mason's resignation would be forthcoming at the council's Tuesday, March 13, meeting. The council meets at 7:30 p.m. in Independence Hall at 2955 Woodside Road.
In the letter, Mr. Mason says his resignation is effective immediately. "This year is proving to be a very busy year for me professionally which will include a great deal of international travel ahead," he says. "I have concluded that I cannot meet the demands of serving on the Town Council and (meet) the needs of my clients."
Mr. Mason was re-elected to a third four-year term in November 2015, a term that would have expired in 2020. (In keeping with a new state law, the council had to shift its elections to even-numbered years, which it did through the option of adding a year to every member's term.)
The town has no formal procedure for filling a seat left vacant by a resignation, Ms. Wong said, adding that the council will likely discuss a process for filling Mr. Mason's seat at its March 27 meeting.
Mr. Mason (with his wife Virginia Dare) lives in and has been representing District 7, the residential parcels along Old La Honda and La Honda roads between Woodside and Portola roads westward to Skyline Boulevard.
"It has been an honor to serve the Town of Woodside for the last 14 years," Mr. Mason says, noting that he began his career in public service with four years on the Architectural and Site Review Board, followed by 10 years on the council.
"I regard my community service as one of the most rewarding experiences of my adult life and would like to encourage anyone in the community who is considering volunteering to just go ahead and do it," Mr. Mason says in concluding his letter.