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'Massive' public records request escalates battle over Portola Valley's housing element

Original post made on Mar 25, 2022

Two Portola Valley residents filed a huge public records request, seeking to shield their neighborhood from being designated for denser housing development. The mayor said it comes with a threat to bankrupt the town with lawsuits.

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Posted by Bob Adams
a resident of Portola Valley
on Mar 25, 2022 at 3:26 pm

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This is the same misleading 'article' posted in The Almanac (another Embarcadero Media publication) the evening of March 21st. I put the word article in quotes because even though it is identified as 'News' it should properly be identified as 'Opinion'.

If you go to the Almanac version you'll find a flood of comments showing and explaining the gross distortions alluded to in the 'editorial'. [Portion removed.] Yes, she went to Mayor Hughes and the plaintiff's lawyer for comment, but more importantly did she interview any of the 19 residents threatened with R3 zoning? I think you can guess that the answer is no. Mayor Hughes also referred to a group trying "bankrupt" the town. There were 14 people in this Meet the Mayor (called Donuts) meeting, and to a person not one of the 13 saw the threat highlighted in this article. Further, did the reporter try to interview ANY of the 13 attendees besides the Mayor. Again, you know the answer - NO.

Even in highly biased media publications there are a few lines providing another point of view from an interested group. I invite you to go back and read this editorial identified as news to see what you think. While you expect strong bias in editorials, most of us do not expect that in 'News' articles. [Portion removed.] This is not news, it is opinion.

Posted by Mondoman
a resident of Green Acres
on Mar 25, 2022 at 5:51 pm

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This is Silicon Valley. We are all educated and competent in dealing with workflow. Transparency in government - the expectation of open meetings and public access to government communication and deliberations - is likewise longstanding. Even such a document request as that described here should be easy to satisfy by any competently-run group. It's not like they need to annotate anything -- just mail a USB stick with however many gigabytes of stuff there is.

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