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VA Heritage Tree Removal

From: domainremoved <Erin>
Date: Thu, 26 May 2016 18:01:45 -0700

City Council and Ms. Thong,

My husband and I are very alarmed to learn-- via Nextdoor this very
afternoon and not through a public disclosure notice or news article-- that
more than a dozen heritage and old growth trees are to be cut down on the
VA property in order to create a "recreational area". The VA backs up to
the Menlo Oaks community where we live.

Over the past several years, we have witnessed what can only be described
as a "deforestation" of the Menlo Oaks area -- largely by developers.
(This issue has and is being raised with the County.) Large tree canopies
are very important to preserving air quality and reducing traffic noise
from 101. We have noted an increase in noise as the canopy has been
thinned (trees being cleared). Ironically, at the very time we are cutting
down the trees needed to combat poor air quality, the traffic on Willow
Road and the 101 is increasing with cars idling. Clearly, there are two
trends that are on a collision course.

The VA is a wonderful agency and has been a good neighbor, but this seems
highly unnecessary and very damaging to the Menlo Oaks community. Notice
should have been given to the neighborhood impacted as a courtesy.

We ask the city council to contact the VA immediately and see if this can
be stopped, or the number of trees removed dramatically reduced.

Sincerely,

Erin and Jeff Glanville
Received on Thu May 26 2016 - 18:07:54 PDT

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