“Steve Jobs stayed home Tuesday night, leaving his attorney to make the case to the Woodside Town Council that he should be allowed to demolish his historic 14-bedroom house and build a new one,” Will Oremus reports for The San Joes Mercury News.

“‘I don’t think he would be strong enough if we were here until 1 a.m., and I think there’s a strong possibility of that,’ Howard Ellman told the council, referring to the health issues that have forced his client to take a leave of absence from his job as Apple CEO,” Oremus reports.

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Oremus continues, “Ellman was right that the meeting would run late into the night. As of 10:30 p.m., the council was still hearing arguments from members of the public, including locals defending Jobs’ property rights and historic preservationists from as far away as Florida and Virginia making their case to save the home.

“The tech mogul has been trying for years to tear down the dilapidated mansion and replace it with a smaller, presumably sleeker, home for his family to move into,” Oremus reports. “He got permits from the town in 2004, but preservationists sued to save the structure and have prevailed in court so far.”

Oremus reports, “A final decision is expected at a future council meeting.”

Full article here.