The FPPC - Fair Political Practices Committee requires certain financial statements to be filed with the Town. These are a matter of public record and helps the citizens understand who is financing this. . There are two Form 460 Campaign Disclosure statements filed with the Town, that reveal $8,871 of contributions from those who stand to profit from the success of this measure. Bacchus Management is the owner of the Bakery and stands to significantly profit from the expansion of the parking.
The opponents to Measure A are just concerted citizens worried about the future of the Town and have nothing to financially benefit from defeating it. The little we have spent is not reportable yet.
What is this really about? Money. It is a ploy by the Bacchus Management, owner of Woodside Bakery, to bulldoze the open space lot to expand parking to allow more seats and to make more money. When the Bakery use permit was approved in 2016, the Planning Commission ignored the zoning rules, and allowed excessive seating capacity that exceeded parking needs by 15 spaces, which now causes the parking and traffic problems. Expansion beyond this is a violation of the general Plan because most of the Bakery customers are not local residents. Expansion will also further exasperate the traffic problems we have today.
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