July 22, 2013

Neighbors from Hell: Burlingame Edition (Could be considered threatening to some)

We all know that good fences make good neighbors. You know what makes great neighbors? Pulling a Larry Page and buying up every property anywhere near yours.  And if you don’t do this, you end up with a situation like this:

Noise in the hills: Burlingame neighbors in bitter dispute over home construction

130721-construction-gfyJuly 10, 2013, 05:00 AM
By Bill Silverfarb, San Mateo Daily Journal

John Lucero Michael Gaul has posted this sign (photo, right) for his neighbor to see. It includes the term ‘GFY’ which could be considered threatening to some.

A simmering brouhaha in the Burlingame hills started with a beehive near a pool and a first complaint between neighbors, escalated when tortoises started burrowing across property lines, came to a fever pitch when band saws roared at 6 a.m. and will come to a head when the two parties finally sit down for mediation, which has been delayed three times already now.

The dispute pits San Bruno school teacher John Lucero against his neighbor Burlingame Planning Commissioner Michael Gaul and the sizable home Gaul is building above Mercy High School on Adeline Drive.

Gaul pulled permits for the property back in 2005 and has been working on the home ever since. It is near completion but Gaul will first have to address a code enforcement violation that Lucero pointed out to Burlingame officials.

130721-construction-neighborsOh, this should be fun, the teacher is telling on the planning commissioner for code violations, namely that Gaul was running a general contracting business out of his house while calling it “construction.”  And since the permit was “finaled” seven (!) years ago, it looks like the city isn’t in much of a hurry to enforce code against its own planning commissioner.

The aerial photo at left shows Gaul’s house on the left and Lucero’s on the right.  According to Zillow, Gaul’s house is 6600 square feet, over twice as large as Lucero’s 70s-era 3000 square foot shack.  Both homes are on lots of over 20,000 square feet.

Bunus: Cross-jurisdictional finger-pointing as every other house near Gaul is in unincorporated San Mateo County. Hilarity ensues!

Dubble Bunus: “Aberrational sexual gawking behavior.” 

Trippple Bunus: Illegal B&B. Plus annoying film crew.

Comments (9) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:02 am

9 Responses to “Neighbors from Hell: Burlingame Edition (Could be considered threatening to some)”

  1. SEA Says:

    Should have purchased in the RBA.

  2. dollarbin Says:

    How can a “school teacher” afford a 3,000 square foot home in San Mateo county?

  3. madhaus Says:

    The “school teacher” chose his parents well. There’s a family foundation at the same address with a quarter mil (e.g. half of Not a Lot of Money) of assets.

  4. sfbubblebuyer Says:

    Since that teacher wants to have a say in how the city is run, maybe he should start paying his fair share of taxes and ‘sell’ his house to himself to reset the tax basis.

  5. Jb Says:

    Glad you cleared the techer thing up.

  6. SEA Says:

    Isn’t the house supposed to provide the income?

  7. sonarrat Says:

    GFY = Good For You, no?

  8. Shinumo Says:

    I wonder if this is the same “John Lucero” who got busted for embezzling from East Bay Municipal Utility District in the 90s by setting himself up as a contractor/apartment owner and collecting a lot of rebates for low-flow toilets.

  9. Felipe Says:

    The article doesn’t mention that the planning commissioner didn’t have trash service until February, 2013 but was never cited.

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