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No on Cuckoos Nest’s Outdoor Patio Events

From: domainremoved <Stuart>
Date: Thu, 23 May 2019 09:11:11 -0700

Reprinting from my recent blog post.
Adding to the comparisons of other similar applications - Allied Arts Guild
was for a non-profit;
Cuckoos Nest is a commercial enterprise


No on Cuckoos Nest’s Outdoor Patio Events

Once again Boot Up Ventures seeks a use permit for catering and amplified
sound in their outdoor patio. The patio faces not only Willow Road, but
also Palo Alto houses across the creek. This was traversed and declaimed
during their original office use permit. The use is incompatible with a

We have a history of intrusion into quiet neighborhoods. For years the
former Sunset Magazine sequestered Willow Road itself for a weekend each
year. Private Use of a Public Facility (Willow Road). The neighbors
originally tolerated. However the thrill of free tickets wore off over
time, and the event became more a nuisance than benefit.

There was another example of adapting party uses in q quiet neighborhood.
Allied Arts Guild center on Arbor Drive has restaurant services whose
proceeds help support their charitable mission. I was Chair of the Planning
Commission at the time. We agonized over how to protect a good resource for
Menlo Park, and at the same protect a neighborhood known for its
tranquility. This was the most contentious zoning effort I’ve seen, and it
strained friendships. But the basic rule we wanted to preserve was the
ability of residents to have quiet weekends.

Our work went on for months – with no consensus. One night a representative
of the Women’s Auxiliary (who operated Allied Arts Guild) rose and asked,
“why don’t you guys just turn this down so that we can appeal to the
council.” Whereupon I asked, “Is there a motion?” So moved; seconded;
voting passed. We exhaled. An unhappy process and denouement.

Stuart Soffer
Linfield Oaks
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