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Portola Valley committee has big ambitions for Hawthorns estate

Original post made on May 1, 2014

The Portola Valley Nature and Science Committee has ideas about a 79-acre estate with a rundown mansion, a rundown garage, a rundown cottage, a rundown barn, and estate grounds not being put to productive use.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 4:05 PM

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Posted by Historian
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on May 1, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Let's not forget that the donation of this estate to the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is part of the ongoing tragedy of the 1976 Chowchilla kidnapping (Web Link).

Frederick Woods, one of the perpetrators of the kidnapping, would probably have inherited the estate from his parents (Web Link), but instead is still in prison.

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Posted by Menlo Park resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on May 1, 2014 at 12:49 pm

All those ideas sound great and will benefit 5,000 residents of PV and maybe a few people in the surrounding communities. Another idea that would benefit far more people would be to sell the property with some deed restrictions limiting growth there and spread the wealth to kids and others in the area who barely know what a 'nature and interpretive center' is.

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Posted by Spammy
a resident of Portola Valley: Los Trancos Woods/Vista Verde
on May 1, 2014 at 7:14 pm

what's M. Wade gonna do now ?

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