Bell Alert! District 1 Planning Commission Opening

September 29, 2008

As always, we encourage Citizens of Woodside to get involved with our COWmunity. The only way to ensure good governance is to make sure good Citizens help hold the REINS of power in our Town. As we’ve stated before, volunteers can play an important role in setting policy in this Town. Currently, the best opportunity in Town for Citizen involvement is the open seat for Planning Commissioner from District 1. For those who are unfamiliar with the different districts, click on the boundary map on the Town’s website (here) or you can look up your district by street address here.

The seat became open when Sara Jorgensen resigned from her seat. She leaves a seat that doesn’t expire until February 2012. At the most recent COWncil meetings’ agenda noted Sara Jorgensen served on the Commission for many years, first as the out-of-district representative for District 6 and, then as the representative of her own District 1. We thank her for her service to the COWmunity.

That the Town noticed the opening in the Almanac and a posting on the Town website is a good start. However, the Town did not send an e-mail to us, despite our interest in drumming up applicants to the Planning Commission. Maybe they really don’t want Commissioners who will raise questions?

If you’re wondering what a Planning Commissioner does, the the Town’s official announcement states that the Planning is responsible for making policy recommendations to the Town Council on as well as conducting public hearings on a variety of applications.. The Planning Commission meets on the first and third Wednesday at 7:30 p.m..

That’s quite a HOOF-ful! But anyMOO, if you live within the boundaries of District 1 and have the time and energy to devote to the Planning Commission, the deadline for applications is Monday, October 6, 2008 at 5 p.m. Residents of the District can get more information at Town Hall, on the Town website here, or by phoning the Town Clerk at (650) 851-6790. The Town Volunteer Committee application is here.

If your talents, time, or interest lie in different directions, the Town is also looking for citizens interested in serving on the Bicycle, Conservation & Environmental Health, and Recreation Committees. Given the myriad issues surrounding bikes in our Town and the small number of current Bike Committee members, an application for that Committee would no doubt be especially welcome.

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