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Portola Valley: Community members gather to discuss possible purchase of Alpine Inn

Original post made on May 28, 2018

Lucy Neely initiates community effort to buy the Alpine Inn to "preserve its character and make improvements in alignment with its character." Other groups are interested and Neely is trying to get them to collaborate rather than compete.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, May 27, 2018, 1:37 PM

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Posted by Sandy Crittenden
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on May 29, 2018 at 3:40 pm

Sandy Crittenden is a registered user.

If the following phrase in the article is accurate, "Various groups are interested in buying the inn, and they share similar goals, but the outcome may be better for the community if the groups collaborate rather than compete, Neely said. "If we can just cooperate instead of competing ... I think it'll go a lot better," there is a risk of price fixing.
Back during the Great Recession, numerous people were found guilty and sent to jail for breaking the law by agreeing to cooperate between themselves in bidding on foreclosed homes to keep the price low.
Walk carefully.

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Posted by Dave Ross
a resident of Portola Valley: Brookside Park
on May 29, 2018 at 8:09 pm

In addition to the limitations on changes imposed by State and Federal historic preservation guidelines, The Alpine Beer Garden operates under restrictions imposed by its Conditional Use Permit (available for review at Town Center, Planning Department). The permit was renewed within the last 12 months and limits, for example, hours of operation.

I'm certain that Lucy Neely is aware of this, so my comment is really directed at the public who have hopes and wishes about the future of Zots. Wish for anything you like, and also keep your expectations for change realistic!

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