Halloween Fun!

October 25, 2016

Ghosts and goblins, haunted houses and pumpkins; it is Halloween time. There is something new this year – teal pumpkins. The Teal Pumpkin project has created the teal pumpkin as a symbol that you have nonfood treats for kids with allergies or celiac disease. You can buy a teal pumpkin at many stores including Target, Amazon, CVS and others. The teal pumpkin shows that you have an alternative small toy or stickers for kids who can’t have the candy. It is a great idea.


For some possible activities for you to look into for your young-uns:



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Event Houses and Airbnb in Woodside?

October 14, 2016

Event houses and Airbnb

The Town Manager has raised a couple of issues which seem to have come to his attention through conferences and articles rather than concerns from COWs. It is good to anticipate and have regulations but any regulation must carefully avoid intruding on a COWs right to enjoy their own property. It must focus on what the real problem is. He is has recommended looking at regulating “Event Houses”.

Any regulation of “event houses” should focus eliminating a commercial enterprise and not limiting property owners from holding events. Woodside has been home to events since long before …

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Town’s Customer Service Survey

September 27, 2016

As you will recall, the Town has conducted a Survey Monkey satisfaction poll of homeowners and their professionals who have gone through an application process from 2014 through the first quarter of 2016. The Town admits that “Overall, the results indicate that there is much room for improvement. Of the 43 respondents that provided an overall rating of the service received for the project, 20 responded that they were very satisfied or somewhat satisfied and 20 responded that they were very dissatisfied or somewhat satisfied.”

Not exactly a glowing report card for the Town’s development process. The lack of participation …

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Money Tree

September 12, 2016

COWS all want Woodside to be wooded but the fines for wrongful tree removal are beyond belief. The most recent notable fine was for $212,500 which the Town received after Council denied the appeal of the fine for non-permitted tree removal on a lot. That’s a lot of moo-la!!

The question now is what is the appropriate use of these funds? At the July 12 Council meeting, Grant Huberty, Planning Commission Vice Chair, suggested using the funds for chipping, Defensible Space matching fund, or SODS (Sudden Oak death) programs. Also discussed were safety oriented issues like bridge projects, or putting …

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Be Ready, Be Safe, Be Prepared

September 6, 2016

National Preparedness Month (NPM) has been observed every September since 2004. September has been the month designated as National Preparedness Month. It is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) within the Department of Homeland Security. NPM’s goal is to encourage everyone to prepare and plan for all kinds of emergencies. The event is a nationwide effort and the theme this year is “Pledge to Prepare – Awareness to Action”.

FEMA is asking the public including individuals, business’s, and organizations, to take specific action steps to prepare by doing at least one of the following:

1. Get an emergency …

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