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City warns Google co-founder Larry Page about using a residential home for business purposes

Original post made on Oct 22, 2021

The city of Palo Alto has issued a notice of violation to a company connected to Google cofounder Larry Page warning that a business should not be operating out of a house in the Old Palo Alto neighborhood.

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Posted by felix
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 22, 2021 at 10:37 am

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Well said, Mayor DuBois. Residential use must be protected in our neighborhoods. Illegal uses do real harm by taking badly needed housing off the market. To think that billionaire Page had been exploiting our city this way is outrageous and shameful.

There is no excuse for illegal office use by any property owner or renter. No one is above the law. Good for the Ctiy in following up on this.

I have heard that some neighbors had been reluctant to draw attention to the illegal use because Page had been "generous" to neighbors over the years and they didn't want to rile him or turn that spgiot off. That's just irresponsible.

If anyone thinks that illlegal office use is occuring in your neighborhood, go to the City's webpage for Code Enforcement and report it, providing the address and details of what you know. Your ID is confidential. It will be investigated.


Posted by ndn
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 22, 2021 at 11:03 am

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As far as I know it's not illegal at all to own a house one does not live in and have it used as your library your yoga room.......etc , whatever, and have your staff use it or live in it, have friends use it or as a pied-a'-terre. That is not a commercial operation but your domestic arrangements as you see fit. A foundation is not a commercial operation. And, there are lots of people working from home, some at their own business generating income. Are those people not operating commercially?
Let us just nag them?


Posted by What Will They Do Next
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 22, 2021 at 3:36 pm

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I've lived four doors away from this house for many years prior to and since the property was purchased by Page. I have never witnessed a flow of maids and nannies going into and out of that house ever. There are many nannies that walk Bryant Street everyday and there are also maid services that provide for homes up and down the street on a regular basis. Doesn't bother me one bit as those inside the house are invisible. They do take up some parking but so would anyone else occupying the place.

It has long been suspected that the house has been used as a Google facility of some sort but no one knows to what extent. With that being said, it's not the only place nearby like it. Laurene Jobs recently bought the house across the street from hers on Santa Rita and it appears her security team are working there as they are no longer visible on the street like they have been for many years and it looks like the windows are blacked out most of the time. Will the city be citing her next?


Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Oct 22, 2021 at 4:08 pm

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I grew up a stones throw away from this house, and my elderly mom is still on Bryant. My husband and I own a home 1 1/2 blocks away in Old PA. Nannies wouldn't make any sense if it was being used for commercial purposes. Did employees bring their children? An occasional maid, maybe. Houses do need to be cleaned. With all due respect to the neighbors, I think they're gossiping. If you're going to talk to the media, be respectful of your neighbors as well.

If you're bothered by what goes on at a neighbors home, you're a busybody. Sadly, some people were never taught to MYOB.


Posted by SRB
a resident of Mountain View
on Oct 22, 2021 at 4:35 pm

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"At one point, the neighbor noticed the door to the home was ajar and peeked inside;" Which PA city regulation allows for that?


Posted by What Will They Do Next
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 22, 2021 at 4:41 pm

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@ Jennifer .... well said.


Posted by maditalian_1492
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 22, 2021 at 5:51 pm

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SRB: No one was being nosy! No one actually entered the house and looked inside, as there could have been someone (like a burglar) inside.

It was suspicious that a door was open and the police were called right away. PAPD came out and checked things out and left. By the way, they didn't have a problem with the open door being reported.


Posted by Me 2
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 22, 2021 at 10:43 pm

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"In the notice of violation, however, the city also stated that it also "received a complaint regarding the property being used for business purposes."'

I think we all know who filed this complaint.


Posted by community member
a resident of University South
on Oct 26, 2021 at 9:36 pm

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Jennifer says> If you're bothered by what goes on at a neighbors home, you're a busybody.< You should MYOB.
She sees no evil, hears no evil and speaks no evil.

True, ignorance is bliss, and not knowing much is a shield against reality.
But some people prefer knowledge and understanding rather than ignorance.
They try to understand what goes on in the world.
Stay in your lifelong cocoon, in old Palo Alto, that's the message.


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