What the LCA does

What Does the Ladera Community Association Do for Ladera?

The LCA exists to improve the quality of life in Ladera by fulfilling a variety of important roles:
  • Raising awareness within the community and collecting feedback as a way to facilitate involvement and resolution of issues affecting the community 
  • Representing the will of the community with external constituents as a unified voice, assuming a majority of board members agree as confirmed by a poll or vote
  • Considering requests for assistance from community members to address significant community issues
  • Serving as a liaison among community and government, business and regulatory groups
  • Engaging in other activities benefiting residents
Ongoing activities
  • Publishing the Ladera Crier
  • Publishing the LaderaOnline.org website with community resources, historical information about the community, Ladera directory, and community calendar
  • Publishing the Ladera Directory
  • Sponsoring the 4th of July events
  • Sponsoring the Settlers and Newcomers brunch
  • Supporting the Ladera-wide garage sale
  • Promoting traffic safety with Sheriff, CHP, and the community
  • Promoting security in Ladera, including working with the Sheriff
  • Coordinating efforts to respond to earthquakes with CERPP
  • Communicating with the Woodside Fire Protection District and San Mateo Country alert system
  • Working with the Woodland School regarding traffic, vandalism, and future development
  • Recognizing community members who make significant contributions to the community
  • Encouraging volunteerism and supporting worthwhile projects that benefit the community
  • Disseminating environmental info such as news about sudden oak death, P.V Environmental Task Force announcements
2011-12 activities
  • Advocate for Ladera regarding the Stanford Trail with various consistuents
  • Advocate for Ladera regarding the Stanford University Medical Center construction
  • Advocate to improve the safety for entering and exiting Ladera
  • Advocate for Ladera regarding the Ladera School site, and it new lease process
Past achievements
  • Representing Ladera in the lessee considerations for the Ladera School site
  • Improving landscaping on La Cuesta island
  • Petitioning the county to maintain storm drains under Ladera residents’ properties
  • Conducting a public process re undergrounding utilities
  • Negotiating with Ladera Oaks with regard to tennis court lighting
  • Working with the Ladera Shopper with regards to parking and noise
  • Getting CalTrans to install quieter paving on 280 adjacent to Ladera
  • Providing input into County contract negotiations with waste management services
  • Helping to prevent Stanford from using the former Christmas Tree Farm site off Sand Hill Road as a disposal site for ten years worth of excavated materials from campus
  • Getting the US Postal Service to adopt Portola Valley, 94028 as Ladera's mailing address and zip code
  • Facilitating a process for San Mateo County Planning to rezone the community to ensure that remodels and/or rebuilds are compatible with the existing neighborhood homes and solar access is protected
  • Weighing in on Countywide zoning changes that prevent establishment of Bed and
  • Breakfasts/Conference facilities in residential neighborhoods
The LCA meets the first Wednesday of each month to represent the interests of Ladera residents in matters such as land use, traffic, the environment, and other issues that affect our quality of life.  Additionally, the LCA provides a forum for the discussion of community issues and their resolution within Ladera.