LTWCA Newsletter - December 2004/January 2005


Neighborhood Notes

Gobs of “Green” Garbage - What happens to the banana peel, the cheese wrapper, the used toothpaste tube you put in your garbage? Come on a fun and fantastic “treasure hunt” to see the state-of-the-art garbage facility for Greenwaste. The LTWCA is offering a specially arranged tour for Woods residents on Saturday, 29 Jan. Meet at the junction of Ramona and Los Trancos Rd. at 9:15 a.m. to carpool. Mark your calendars now, and call Linda at 851-1787 to sign up for the tour.

Hazardous Waste Drop-Off - Portola Valley residents can drop off household hazardous waste on Sat., Dec. 11, in Redwood City. Acceptable items include: paint, thinner, motor oil, batteries, pesticides, herbicides, cleaning supplies, drain openers, etc. Appointments are required, so call 363-4718.

Keeping Our Neighborhood Up-to-Snuff - It is that time of year when Charlie takes sign-ups for the Los Trancos Rd. cleanup crew. It is only 20 min. every two weeks and well worth the time. For this special opportunity, call or e-mail Charlie Adams at 851-3985 or


Emergency Preparedness News

Holiday Season offers good opportunities to keep up family emergency planning. As you string up lights around the house, check for frayed wires on your lights and electrical problems that could cause fires. Note any vegetation that needs trimming to maintain your fire safe zone of 30 feet around all structures. Make sure your chimney is clean and you have a spark arrestor on the top.


Walkie-talkies make great stocking stuffers and are fun to practice with. Make sure your family emergency plan is up to date and make a game of reviewing the details.


Local Red Cross Class - Our wonderful Vista Verde emergency coordinator, Bill Tagg, is offering his very own Red Cross class. Bill is designing a class in between simple fir staid and the extensive (40 hours) first responder course. He plans to do an 8 hour class during two weekday evenings in January. The course will cover basic first aid, patient triage and assessment, wound care, etc. Skills we all need to know during an emergency up here in the Woods. Send reservation requests (including your preferred evening - Tu, W, or Th) to, or call 851-7606. Class size is limited to 8-12, and cost will be minimal to cover materials.


To go to the next level, the Woodside Fire Protection District is offering an Emergency First Responder course. This is 40 hours of advanced first aid training, covering a variety of medical emergencies such as breathing, cardiac, bleeding, shock, injuries to muscles and bones, poisoning, and childbirth. You must have already completed Basic First Aid & CPR. The class will begin in January. To sign up or for info. call Gaylynne Mann at 851-1594.

Submitted by David Smernoff and Jamie Sovereign


Zoning Committee News

The San Mateo County Planning Department has recently contacted the LTWCA Zoning Committee. The County is getting ready to take up the community supported zoning initiative submitted to them last year. As soon as we receive more information, the Zoning Committee will issue a bulletin.

Submitted by Armin Staprans

Water Board News

The sale of the LT Water District's water distribution assets continues to work its way slowly through the State bureaucracy. We met with representatives of the State Public Utilities Commission and the State Health Department for a District tour. While they felt the District was in great shape, the various delays now make the probable State approval to be no earlier than mid-March. All things considered, we hope to wrap up the sale sometime this Spring.

Submitted by Stan Gage


Next Meeting - 7:00 p.m., 12 Jan., 1074 Los Trancos Rd. Agenda includes battery recycling, web site content, and more. For minutes of the last meeting , please see the LTWCA Web Site or your District Rep.


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