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Voter Guide: Measure A asks Woodside voters to decide on zoning changes to two parcels in town's center

Original post made on Oct 15, 2021

Voters will decide this November whether to change zoning on two pieces of land in central Woodside to enable consideration of expanded outdoor dining opportunities and potential construction of an amphitheater for community events.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, October 15, 2021, 11:47 AM

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Posted by Matt Garr
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Glens
on Oct 15, 2021 at 5:31 pm

Matt Garr is a registered user.

Thanks to the Almanac for this balanced assessment of Measure A. The twinkling lights over the outdoor dining in our Town Center have been a welcome sight during a dark year. It's been fantastic to have this gathering place where we can safely congregate as a community. I've voted "Yes" to keep a good thing going in Woodside, and am thankful that Peter and Alex took up this initiative.

I did not "maybe come from Los Angeles or something," but I do feel it's a wonderful initiative. And regardless of our hometowns, heritage or tenure in this town, as long as we're over 18, our votes count equally!


Posted by Grant H
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Hills
on Oct 15, 2021 at 5:51 pm

Grant H is a registered user.

Approving Measure A will completely unravel Measure J from 1988. What you love about Woodside today is a direct result of thoughtful residents 30+ years ago with a vision to preserve Woodside's rural environment for future generations who live in town. Measure A will open the door for commercial expansion on more than a dozen residential parcels adjacent to the downtown commercial district, not just the parcel behind Village Bakery & Bucks. It's a poorly worded amendment to the municipal code inviting confusion, conflict and litigation. All brought to you by Bacchus Management Group of San Francisco which happens to own Village Bakery and Village Pub along with dozens of other establishments around the Bay Area. If you want CaƱada Corners to look like Alice's Restaurant at Highway 84 & 35 in Skylonda on the weekends, a "yes" vote on Measure A will surely usher in your nightmare. Please vote NO.


Posted by Matt Garr
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Glens
on Oct 15, 2021 at 8:48 pm

Matt Garr is a registered user.

"All brought to you by Bacchus Management Group of San Francisco which happens to own Village Bakery and Village Pub along with dozens of other establishments around the Bay Area"

Fact check 1: Bacchus owns seven restaurants in the Bay Area, not "dozens". Two of these enliven and enrich our community. Is this really the caricature of a large greedy corporation it's being painted as? Reference: https://www.bacchusmanagement.com

Fact check 2: Measure A was brought to a special election after gathering signatures of many Woodside residents. Bacchus sponsored signs, as made clear in the campaign finance figures mentioned in the article. Many of us supporters have no financial stake.

"What you love about Woodside today is a direct result of thoughtful residents 30+ years ago with a vision to preserve Woodside's rural environment for future generations who live in town."

Not true for me...each resident of Woodside is entitled to their own assessment of what they love about Woodside. What I love is the community, which has been enhanced by outdoor dining. Overturning Measure J is a good thing. Measure J took the Roberts' land rights away in 1988 (they were made to give up the land to get a permit for a hardware store) and prevented the sort of community gathering spot we now (tentatively) enjoy.


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