Garden-supply business ordered to close

Ciardella's failed to submit needed permits, planning director says

Forced out of its East Bayshore Road site to make way for a key flood-control pump station, Ciardella's Garden Supply has begun operating illegally at 1001 San Antonio Road, the Palo Alto City Council learned Monday evening.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 23, 2007 at 4:46 pm

The neighbors were 'concerned' about dust, noise, etc.???

Check out the location of Transport St -
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It's adjacent to Costco and 101, in a clearly commercial sector. So, nine families lose their income. Sad.

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Posted by John
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 23, 2007 at 5:08 pm

This is a sad state of affairs. Ciardella's has been a valuable asset to many of us in Palo Alto. I was just down at their new site a few days ago. It is very well organized, and clean. There is ample parking, within the site. Dust is minimal.

Council: Please expedite this thing. This is not time for the Palo Alto process.

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Posted by karen
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 24, 2007 at 5:37 am

This is sad. That's a great business, run by great folks. Hurry up and do the right thing, city council.

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Posted by Not so fast
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 24, 2007 at 6:02 am

A couple of neighbors complained about the usual (noise, traffic etc),so now the city council must put this through the rigorous PA process, otherwise the neighbors will become upset. The city must do everything to appease the upset neighbors otherwise there will be conflict.
SO what if 9 people are out of work--the law must be obeyed (unless you are a former city council member, a district attorney or the head of the utilities department--then you can do what you want without fear of punishment)

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Posted by Right on NSF
a resident of Ventura
on Oct 24, 2007 at 9:14 am

Right on Not so fast! The heck with the law. Alberto Gonzales for City Attorney!

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Posted by Not so fast
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 24, 2007 at 9:30 am

Right on NSF--
the heck with the law if it is selectively enforced in PA--why weren't Ojakian and the district attorney charged for having off leash dogs Why was the former Utilities director and his underlings allowed to get away with theft of city services etc?
If you are part of the "ggod old boy" network at city hall anything goes. Frank and the city council protect their own.

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Posted by James F
a resident of Menlo Park
on Nov 25, 2007 at 8:11 pm

I have been going to Ciardella since I was small(50+ years ago). My father, Aunts, uncles all bought a LOT of stuff from them (dirt, rocks, gravel soil, and they deliverer!). God only know how much soil/dirt rocks we bought from them last year. Gardeners, laypeople, would travel all over to come, shop, etc. From Morgan Hill to Sacramento and beyond. They came to get answers to questions, advice, ideas and more, all was freely given
I know the family, the products, the service - they have all ways been they for me. I carry one of the 'hats' proudly!

NOW I am there for them!


James Ferrando

What is there new #??? Whe are they located I NEED them!!!

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Posted by Need more info
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 25, 2007 at 9:02 pm

What a mess. Does anyone know why they didn't apply for permits?

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