School Safety project.

August 11, 2016

August and already the beginning of the school year is just around the corner. For the last couple of years, the Town has been working to make it a bit safer for our kids to get to school. On the recommendation of the Circulation Committee, a high priority was to provide a continuous and separated pathway on the south side of Woodside Road from our Woodside Elementary School to Robert’s Market that would be safer and more inviting for school children and other path users. The pathway improvements are being carried out in three phases.

The first phase, from the …

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Welcome Dora!!

August 2, 2016

We wanted to add a belated WELCOME to our new Town Clerk Dora Wong. Dora has been on the job since January replacing long time, highly regarded, Town Clerk, Janet Koelsch, who retired in December. Dora came to us from Redwood City where she was the Deputy City Clerk and Certified Municipal City Clerk from 2006 to January 2016.

As we discussed in our story here, beginning with her first meeting in January, Dora has implemented a more open government policy by adding the audio recordings of the Town Council meetings online. We applaud her for her forward thinking …

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Are you satisfied with town process?

July 22, 2016

The Town has instituted a method to test customer satisfaction of the planning and building application process using Survey Monkey. We did a Survey Monkey survey on the topic some years ago and found that it can be a very useful tool. We have been outspoken in our suggestions the Town use this tool to assess how things are going with permitting for themselves. You can see the survey the town is using here .

This will be an on-going project. The Town, as we understand it, will invite each home owner of each project that requires a permit to …

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Reigning by the Bay, July 18th-24th

July 15, 2016

The 17th annual Reigning By the Bay will be held July 18th-24th at our own Woodside Horse Park. This wonderful event has been held here annually since 1999. The competition is fierce. For those unfamiliar with “reigning”, it is a western riding competition for horses where the riders guide the horses through a precise pattern of circles, spins, and stops. All work is done at the lope (a slow, relaxed version of the horse gait more commonly known worldwide as the canter), or the gallop (the fastest of the horse gaits). Originating from working cattle, reining is often described as …

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ARE THEY LISTENING?

July 5, 2016

We continue to be baffled at the Town’s lack of willingness to help all COWs stay informed. Far behind most of our neighboring cities and towns, Woodside still does not provide live or recorded videos of official meetings. It is still using antiquated audio tape recording equipment for public hearings and committee meetings making it extremely difficult to access the discussions. Tapes need to be requested, a fee paid and then the poor quality makes them hard to make out what is being said and by whom. See our story on this here.

COW has been providing video of Council

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