The “sister of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs says she supports preserving their childhood home in Los Altos for posterity, but is unhappy that she was not involved in the endeavor from the get-go,” Jason Green reports for The San Jose Mercury News. “In a phone interview Tuesday, Patricia Jobs said she only learned about the Los Altos Historical Commission’s years-long effort to add the California ranch-style home at 2066 Crist Drive to the city’s historic resources inventory after reading an article by The Daily News. ‘I was not personally notified, even though I am the owner,’ Jobs said.”
“Zach Dahl, a senior planner with the city of Los Altos, said the commission does not need permission from an owner to add a property to the inventory. However, it usually tries to involve the owner. In this case, several letters were sent to the home, he said, but they apparently never made it to Jobs,” Green reports. “Although Jobs owns the home, she does not live there. Her stepmother, Marilyn Jobs, does. The two currently aren’t on speaking terms, Patricia Jobs said.”
MacDailyNews Note: Steven Paul Jobs was adopted at birth by Paul Jobs and Clara Jobs. The Jobs family moved from San Francisco to Mountain View, California when Jobs was five years old. The parents later adopted a daughter, Patty. Clara Jobs died in 1986 at age 62 of lung cancer. Paul Jobs subsequently married Marilyn Jobs. Paul Jobs died on March 5, 1993.
“Patricia Jobs and Dahl discussed the commission’s effort to preserve the home by phone Monday morning. Dahl said he hopes to work with Jobs to correct any factual errors in a ‘historic property evaluation.’ The document, which was reviewed by the commission Monday night, is a precursor to setting a public hearing to add the property to the inventory.,” Green reports. “Dahl said the designation would essentially add another layer of review if renovations to the home are sought. The commission would be able to make a recommendation to the city council about any proposed changes to the property.”
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Steve Jobs’ childhood home, where Apple was born, may soon become protected historical site – September 23, 2013