Woodside Lawmakers Ignore $11.5M Renaming Offer

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WOODSIDE (KCBS)— It does not look like the affluent Peninsula community of Woodside will be changing its name to that of a controversial dating website anytime soon.

The town council has refused to consider what some called an indecent proposal from, a site that connects wealthy men to women.

In a publicity stunt, the site operators offered the town more than $11.5 million to change it’s name to USA for 10 years.

Company spokesman Darren Shuster received the cold shoulder for the most part from the town council on Tuesday night. He said Woodside is a perfect fit for the website.

“The bottom line is the unemployment rate is about negative 8.5 percent. Everybody is loaded rich and there are not a lot of women around,” Shuster said.

The offer also calls for the town to build a statue of Hugh Hefner. Some residents said the proposal is far-fetched considering how conservative they perceived Woodside to be.

The company had previously made a similar, smaller offer to Sugarland, Texas. They were turned down.

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