AWARDS — Best and Worst of the Week: Kirk Vartan Creates Urban Farm, Larry Stone Loses Decision and 49ers Get Huge Tax Break

By Robert Haugh

The Good —The Leg Drop Award:

The Council approved an “agrihood” development by the Core Companies.  It’ll be a cool urban farm in Santa Clara near Valley Fair. It would not have happened if Kirk Vartan, a local businessman and community leader, didn’t have the vision in 2006.

Santa Clara business owner and community activist Kirk Vartan. Image courtesy of San Jose Inside.

The Bad — The Jabroni Award:

The County Assessor Larry Stone lost an assessment appeal to the 49ers. The team got a huge tax break — about $6 million a year for 40 years. Wow. But Stone didn’t say that he was close to the team. He didn’t say that he led a Stadium committee and got free tickets. And reporters who covered the story didn’t either. And it was even on his Wikipedia page.

Santa Clara County Assessor Larry Stone.


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