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Letter: Contradictory decision on turf field

Original post made on May 22, 2013

In its recent 3-to-2 vote, the Portola Valley Town Council overturned the Planning Commission's decision that would allow Woodside Priory School to install artificial turf when it renovates it's playing field this summer. The Priory was denied the artificial turf and now must put in irrigated grass.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 12:00 AM

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Posted by member
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on May 22, 2013 at 9:24 pm

Dear Editor

As many of you know, Mrs. Reiss has been the principal spokesperson for the Priory on the question of artificial turf. Does she represent them now or is this letter just her way of announcing that she plans to run for the Portola Valley Town Council in the fall because she insists that her point of view must prevail over all others.

As an artist of how to misconstrue, what Mrs. Reiss alludes to in her letter is the Town’s Dwight Crowder Trail that runs from the Town’s border with Ladera, through Ford Park and on to Arastradero Road. This was a pre-existing trail in poor repair and part of it was falling into the creek. Stanford offered to pay the Town to repair and reroute the Trail and the Town voted to accept Stanford’s money, to provide a continuous multi-use path and correct public safety hazards.

If anything is duplicitous, it is Mrs. Reiss’s misunderstanding of the facts.

I think the Woodside Priory has a great opportunity to show leadership on how they construct their new grass athletic field. This could be a model for the Town of Portola Valley and demonstrate new standards of what grasses to plant and how to apply new methods to maintain them.

As a Priory neighbor and resident of the Town, I’d be upset if the Priory blew it and didn’t show leadership in this matter.

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Posted by Sally Ann Reiss
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Aug 27, 2014 at 1:19 pm

Dear 'member',
I wrote the letter because,
1) I am a dedicated volunteer and resident of this town;
2) My children go to the Priory and I have a vested interest to ensure that they are given equal opportunity to all the other high schools in the area that do have artificial turf as an option.
3) This is a property rights issue
4) I am a a strong advocate of conservation and the environment (proven by my role as Chairperson of the Portola Valley Community Fund who lead a $17 million fundraising effort that was about having a Certified Green Town Center).

You are right, lets stick to the facts.
Lawn grass takes a lot of WATER, FERTILIZER, PESTICIDES and MOWING. Priory was attempting to show their leadership in conservation and environment but putting in a turf field.

While I can sense that the author of the previous post doesn't like me personally because I have a wonderful group of family and friends, I have a successful career and I really do like who I am, that is no reason for that person to take it out on the Priory, nor our environment.

Dedicated to truths and facts,
SallyAnn Reiss

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