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D.P. Reporter expelled form San Mateo County Transit District meeting 9/27/12

Original post made by Michael G Stogner, another community, on Sep 28, 2012

Daily Post Reporter Asked To Leave San Carlos Meeting Angela Ruggiero was ordered to identify herself by Jeff Byrd, Legacy Partners Senior Managing Partner. After she was asked to leave, Shawn Spano Ph.D, facilitator of the meeting informed her that the Daily Post would not be allowed to cover this meeting. Mark Simon, San Mateo County Transit District Spokesperson, attended the meeting and thought, "it was a good first step and we anticipate more meetings and further discussions"

This meeting was held in the San Carlos Library building, It was attended by San Carlos City Officials, San Mateo County Transit District the owner of the property involved and the Developer and San Carlos citizens/neighbors. Shawn Spano Ph. D. was hired to facilitate the private meeting. The subject was the Transit Village = 280 Luxury apartments, 226 parking spaces, offices and stores.

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Posted by Michael G Stogner
a resident of another community
on Sep 28, 2012 at 11:42 am

Why would this public agency have a private meeting with it's developer and some neighbors who will be affected by this project.

Why was this reporter expelled?

How did this happen?

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Posted by curious
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 28, 2012 at 11:59 am

This is really odd. If there were any members of the public attending this (such as neighbors), and if it was held in the public library, I don't know how they could have excluded anyone else from the public. Did you talk to the reporter yourself? Did she give any details about their justification in throwing her out?

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Posted by Michael G Stogner
a resident of another community
on Sep 28, 2012 at 12:43 pm

I've e-mailed her but haven't heard back from her yet. The front page of today's Daily Post has her story titled "Reporter gets the boot." "Government officials meet in secret with neighbors over Transit Village." by Angela Ruggiero

Note: This is the same reporter that was following up on Caltrain's lack of public notice of the near-mis 76 MPH SB train and 10 customers stuck between 2 trains on Aug. 24, 2012

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Posted by Michael G Stogner
a resident of another community
on Oct 1, 2012 at 11:49 am

The Secret meeting was attended by,

John M. Ward who used to be a Supervisor of San Mateo County, but now is a consultant for R.E. Developers like Cargill and Legacy

Al Savay for the City of San Carlos.

Mark Simon for Michael Scanlon Excutive Director.

Brian Fitzpatrick of the planning department for the transit district

It's been reported that Legacy Partners has agreed to pay $11.7 million in fees to the City of San Carlos to build this.

Why the secret meeting?

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