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Country club expansion headed for City Council

Original post made on Aug 28, 2008

Shepherding a country club expansion through the Palo Alto Process has frustrated Palo Alto Hills Golf and Country Club President Stephen Pahl, a land-use attorney himself.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, August 27, 2008, 11:30 PM

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Posted by Kendall
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 28, 2008 at 5:01 pm

A few facts to consider when reading/investigating for this story...

(1) The story poles have been there for at least four months and there has been ample time to review them... it seems Sal is simply hassling the membership as it's an eyesore to anyone by the pool this summer.

(2) The clubs "permeable surface" is actually being INCREASED as a result of the project.

(3) Sal's view (from the side of his house mind you since his home faces Southwest) will actually improve since today he see's crumbling blacktop adjacent to old tar and gravel flat roofed buildings... besides the club offered to pay for all the landscaping to shield the new structure.

(4) Sal doesn't even reside at the property he claims is being impacted. It sits empty.

(5) Sal is the largest residential landlord in Palo Alto (see and owns two restaurants on University Avenue (La Strada and Joya). It seems to me he gets preferential treatment from the City based on how quickly his projects get approved versus his competitors (investigate Joya versus Spot Pizza).

(6) Sal is a member of Palo Alto Hills... maybe he's trying to be a hero to the minority of members opposed to the project.

And yes I support the project and am a member of the club.

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