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April 14, 2007



Kudos to Sally and Jim Meakin for leading this charge. I read differing descriptions of the plans, however. Is it a "renovation" or a "razing and building a brand new look-a-like?" Since the latter type of construction can frequently be poorly done, it would be nice to know that the rebuilt one will not "look new" and will have the same look and feel of the old one.
The group trying to save the guardhouse as a website: www.carolandsgatehouse.com


Good luck Sally.
Let me know if I can help.

Give Me a Break

Preserving the Caroland's Gatehouse as a symbol to times past, when mansions of the California robber barrons dominated the Peninsula landscape, serves some purpose, but I am unclear about how relevant that purpose is today. In a time when there is a dearth of affordable housing, why not turn the property over to Habitat for Humanity or another worthy chairity if you want it restored so badly? They could restore the old-time charm and nostalgia of a gatehouse shielding the rich from the unwashed masses, while at the same time providing much needed housing to the working poor of the twenty first century. Maybe a Hurricane Catrina family could live there. I understand the uberwealthy's desire for increased security of their property in the form of another police station (if I were a burglar, I would definitely come to Hillsborough), but give me a break - will I NOT miss you when you're gone, Caronland's House, thank you for asking with your banner, anyway, .

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