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From: Catherine Carlton Mayor, Menlo Park

From: domainremoved <Cat>
Date: Wed, 8 Jul 2015 00:11:51 +0800


This is the reply that I received from staff:
Our City Arborist has confirmed that this tree is on School District property, which means the City's normal jurisdiction does not apply. Public schools are legally part of the State of California and therefore not subject to City ordinances, such as the Heritage Tree Ordinance.
All the best,
Heather Abrams
Environmental Programs Manager
City of Menlo Park

So, I am told that there is absolutely nothing that I can do to help the tree, since the land is considered part of the state and not part of Menlo Park. I just wanted you to know that I tried, but am unable to halt the decision on the tree. If you have any further questions about the city’s legal position on this, please feel free to contact Heather, as above. Maybe the school will listen to the weight of people speaking up, but they seem to have made up their minds. It’s sad to lose such a tree. Thank you for emailing us, though, and trying.

If the tree must come down, I suggested to the school representative, Ahmad, that the wood be given to an appropriate company who could turn the wood into beautiful furniture that might be sold to raise money for the school and/or used by the school. There is a business in downtown Menlo Park that does nice things with fallen trees and reclaimed wood, as an example. I would hate to have that beautiful wood go to waste and I think making something that can raise money for the school or otherwise be useful to the children would be a way to honor this tree. In any case, I have made this suggestion to Ahmed.

Again, thank you all for caring about our beautiful trees in Menlo Park and for taking the time to reach out to us.

All the best,


Catherine Carlton
Mayor, Menlo Park
Received on Tue Jul 07 2015 - 09:09:09 PDT

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