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RE: [willows_neighborhood] Fw: Laurel School Upper Campus Construction Update

From: domainremoved <Penelope>
Date: Sun, 5 Jul 2015 16:36:26 -0700

Dear Ahmad, Maurice, the Menlo Park City School District, Menlo Park City Council and City Commissions (EQC and Planning) and Willows friends and neighbors


I was shocked to receive the email about the heritage tree removal near French Court scheduled for next week!


It is appalling to make this announcement when people are out of town on a holiday weekend and do not have time to comment or pursue alternatives. With less than a week’s notice you are going to substantially alter the tree canopy which is an integral part of the immediate neighborhood’s landscape.


Is this tree on School District property? When was the heritage tree permit issued for removal?


I am confused as to why this tree was considered perfectly safe in this location while the school was leased by the German American School, but is now deemed unsafe for the new school?


An oak tree such as this one has probably been growing longer that the “America” we just celebrated this weekend has been in existence. It cannot just be replaced!


Oak trees can be cabled and stabilized as they grow and there are fine examples of this all over Menlo Park including in many places in the Willows. I sincerely hope the School District and City of Menlo Park will reconsider this decision and allow for appropriate public comment before the chain saws go into action.




Penelope Huang

903 Arnold Way







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From: Ahmad Sheikholeslami <asheikholeslami_at_(domainremoved)
To: Ahmad Sheikholeslami <ahmad_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Friday, July 3, 2015 9:20 AM
Subject: Laurel School Upper Campus Construction Update

Dear Laurel School Upper Campus Neighbors,

I am writing this e-mail to provide you an update of the construction project at 275 Elliott Drive. As you are aware the tree removal and site clearing work has begun. The work will resume on Monday after the 4th of July holiday and be completed by the end of next week. After the site has been cleared, the contractor will begin work with the building foundation preparation and site utilities.

I am also writing this letter to inform our neighbors that after a lengthy review process and consideration, the District has determined to remove the large oak tree along the school border and 420-424 French Court. The District has consulted with several arborist and concluded that the risk to property and life is too great to maintain this tree. In light of recent tree collapses in the area during the last winter, the District believes that removal of this tree is most prudent and safe. This decision was very agonizing and difficult but the safety of the public and students always takes precedent. The tree is scheduled for removal next week.


Ahmad Sheikholeslami
Chief Business and Operations Officer
Menlo Park City School District

181 Encinal Ave - Atherton CA - 94027
Office: 650-321-7140 ext 5614
Mobile: 650-303-6230


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