Peter Mason leaves the Town Council after 10 years


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.


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Posted by kim2381
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Mar 13, 2018 at 12:46 pm

I am sure Mr. Mason has contributed a lot to his community, but I certainly wish he had been able to speak up for the rights of animals and help push for a ban on the annual 4th of July pig scramble in Woodside, a cruel event which many Woodside residents oppose. Not impressed.

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Posted by An actual Woodside resident
a resident of Woodside: other
on Mar 13, 2018 at 1:18 pm

[Portion removed; be respectful of other posters] I live in Mr. Mason's district, and he has been an outstanding representative for the community, doing so for fourteen years without any compensation (unlike the Menlo Park Council). The Pig Scramble was/is a contentious issue on both sides and the Woodside Town Council made the right decision voicing that "attempting to ban a legal activity was outside of their portfolio." Mr. Mason, by the way, recused himself from that discussion because of a conflict of interest, so it is shameful that you should criticize him for not speaking up to support your issue. You should also know that the dialogue between residents of Woodside on the Pig Scramble issue were respectful, and the majority of protesters and aggressive and disrespectful behavior came from people who were not from Woodside.

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Posted by pogo
a resident of Woodside: other
on Mar 14, 2018 at 2:21 pm

pogo is a registered user.

Peter Mason volunteered many years of service to our town and generously shared his expertise. Peter was a fair and approachable representative, one of the classiest guys to ever serve on our Town Council and always displayed honesty and integrity.

I am VERY grateful to Peter for his service!

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Posted by Adios
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Heights
on Mar 16, 2018 at 10:31 am

One guy flaunting his conflicts down. Here's to the next.

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Posted by An actual Woodside resident-again
a resident of Woodside: other
on Mar 16, 2018 at 4:47 pm

Apparently the moderator deleted my opening comments because they were interpreted as being disrespectful of the earlier poster, which was certainly not my intent. I apologize to the moderator if I came across that way. Let me try to explain my intent without using words that the moderator might think disrespectful. The earlier poster was not a resident of Woodside but was critical of Mr. Mason for not supporting her/his position on a single issue that occurred in Woodside, not Menlo Park where she/he is from. My intent was to ask her/him to let Woodsiders who have observed Mr. Mason's contributions to the community over many years be the judges of his performance.

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