LTWCA Newsletter - August/September 2001



County Elections Office needs YOU!

The San Mateo County Elections Department is looking for Election Officers (poll workers) to serve in your community.  The requirements are simple.  You must be: 1) registered to vote in San Mateo Co., 2) fluent in English, and 3) available to work from 6 am - 9 pm on Election Day. 


Behind every election are thousands of people who ensure a smooth and proper operation at polling places.  The County Elections Department recruits and trains over 2,000 Election Officers, but with today's busy schedules, it is increasingly difficult to find poll workers for Election Day.


Serving in a neighborhood polling place is an ideal opportunity to get a first-hand, behind the scenes look at the voting process in San Mateo County.   And it is a great chance to see/meet your neighbors.  It pays!  Entry-level pay is $105.  Please call 650.286.2810 or visit  Thank you for serving your neighborhood!

Submitted by Melinda Dubroff with San Mateo County Elections Department



Appeal for New Zoning Committee

The LTWCA is in the process of assembling a new Zoning Committee. The Committee’s focus will be to assess the impact of bringing sewers to Los Trancos Woods, to provide information to the Community about zoning and impacts, and to survey the Community to see if there is a collective desire for different zoning. 


It is important that the new Zoning Committee be comprised of a representative cross-section of people from the Woods.  Participation would require one or two meetings per month for the next six months or so.  If you are interested in becoming a member of the Zoning Committee, please contact Linda Drey-Nightingale (851-1787).

Submitted by Armin Staprans



Town of Portola Valley Activities

-Town Council has voted to move forward on “Option D” proposal for a new Town Center design.

- Ox Mountain Landfill in Half Moon Bay now accepts electronics for recycling.  Call 726-4718.

- 4th Annual Blues and Barbecue is on Sunday, 9 Sept., 3:30p.m. at Town Center.  Proceeds go into the Open Space Acquisition Fund.



Keeping an Eye on Portola Valley Town Council

For many years one or more LTWCA Board Members attended Town Council meetings.  Often the Council did something of which the Woods residents needed to be aware.  Lately, there has been no monitoring.  The LTWCA Board is asking for volunteers - nice to have 6 or more so you can go in rotation.  The P.V. Council meets every 2nd and 4th Wed. of the month, at 8:00 p.m.  If you can spare one evening a month or every other month (more volunteers means less), please contact Marguerite, 851-7322, or Our job is to take care of ourselves, since the Town of P.V. is not going to do it for us.  I await the rush of volunteers!

submitted by Marguerite Thayer


Next Board Meeting - 7:00 p.m., Aug. 30th at 21 Old Spanish Trail.  The September Picnic plans and agenda will be finalized.  For minutes of the last meeting, please see the LTWCA Web Site or your District Representative after Sept. 31st.



Los Trancos Woods (LTWCA) Web Site

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Our sincere thanks to Jerry Jensen for maintaining this site.





!!Be a Part of the Community!!

sign up for a

Position on Los Trancos Woods Community Association Board


This is a wonderful way to be a part of what is happening up here and a rewarding experience to know that you are helping the community.  Right now the Board is asking for community members to step forward and sign up for Representative-at-Large, Secretary, District 2 & 3 Representatives, and President positions or any other position you are interested in.  We will be voting on all the positions at the September Business Picnic.


Purpose of the LTWCA as stated in the Articles of Association:

“The purpose of the Los Trancos Woods Community Association shall be to advance the health, safety, and general welfare of the residents and property owners in Los Trancos Woods.”


What you do:

Attend monthly, or less than monthly, meetings.  Discuss important, and sometimes fun, matters concerning the Community.  Represent yourself, your neighbors and whoever else calls you to discuss a Community issue. 


How to sign up:

Call Michael Glenn, 851-9538, or Linda Drey-Nightingale, 851-1787. 


Election Process:

An announcement goes out to the community soliciting volunteers.  The community votes on the nominations.  The votes are tallied and the nominees are called promptly with the results.  The community is notified of the results in the next newsletter.