Term limits

May 17, 2017

Many COWS want to ensure a regular supply of fresh blood and new ideas in legislative bodies. The COWncil has at least started the discussion of term limits. During the September 27, 2016 meeting, Council members discussed term limits remarking that while most COWncil elections have been uncontested, term limits may be reasonable. We agree. The well known “incumbency advantage” which refers to the electoral margin a candidate enjoys on account of her status as an incumbent running for reelection discourages opposition. With no opposition, there is no debate on matters of policy. Staff was to report back regarding this …

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Town survey

April 5, 2018

The Town has conducted a survey to get feedback from COWs on a variety of diverse issues ranging from the interest of the cowmunity in term limits to what to do with funds received from the very substantial tree fine.

At the end of January 2018, the Town sent a postcard to every postal customer in the Town as well as an invitation to complete the survey via Nextdoor Woodside. In early February, a follow-up invitation was posted on Nextdoor Woodside. As of February 22, 2018, there have been 326 responses to the survey which you can review here.

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COWNCIL ELECTION

July 20, 2015

This November will be a COWncil election for the odd numbered district seats. The term of office is for four years. There are no term limits. Traditionally, incumbents run again and again unopposed. We do not know if there will be any vacancy but whether or not the incumbents run, we would like to see contested elections and discussion of the issues.

The seat up for election are Ron Romines (District 1). Thomas P. Shanahan (District 3), David Burow, (District 5), Peter Mason (District 7). While elections are “at large”, candidates filing nominations papers must live in one of these …

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Crowded Field

June 22, 2015

There is an old expression (or there should be) that too many bulls in the field means an awful lot of bull. Here in Woodside we have too many COWmissions and COWmittees and some tend to behave like bullies.

We are not a big city with complex projects which impinge on neighborhoods, yet we have 13 of these bodies a number of them imposing their individual ideas and taste on what residents can build, plant or do on their own property.

What does the Architectural and site Review Board (ASRB) bring to the table that the Planning Commission doesn’t or …

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CONFLICTED COWNCIL

November 5, 2014

Recently, the Town COWncil approved the appointment of the seven members of the newly-created Emergency Preparedness Committee. Given the reality of wildfire danger in our parched region, let alone the earthquakes and other threats that come with living in the Golden State. We are really glad that the Town COWncil took this step. However, one thing about the process gave us pause. The Town COWncil Subcommittee that reviews potential Town Committee members includes COWncil member Ron Romines… and one of the approved applicants to the Emergency Preparedness Committee is Ron’s wife Judy Romines… and the Town COWncil liaison (also approved …

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