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Re: 1000 El Camino Real giant redwood tree removal

From: domainremoved <Steve>
Date: Wed, 26 Dec 2018 18:22:58 -0800

Hi John,
Thanks for your interest in the ECR trees.
This may be part of a plan left over by the recently departed City Manager
that would facilitate the widening of ECR Adding a third n/b through lane
would have required the removal of these same trees and certainly would
have attracted vigorous opposition from residents who oppose choosing cars
over trees. Justification framed as essential to protect private property
would be a much easier sell, as demonstrated by the Planning Commission
voting 6-0 to allow removal of the trees by the property owner. Assuming
the trees were then gone when the ECR widening comes up, the arguments
against that project would be less specific and weaker, thus facilitating
its approval.
An appeal for the PC's approval will enable the Council to ask all the
relevant questions. I'm hoping that by building wide sidewalks we can
eliminate from further consideration the ECR six thru lane plan.

On Wed, Dec 26, 2018 at 4:24 PM John Kadvany <jkadvany_at_(domainremoved)

> Dear Menlo Park City Council -
> Seven giant coast redwoods at 1000 El Camino Real are posted (as of Dec
> 13) for removal because of 'Property Damage'. There has been no coverage
> of this radical proposal in the Almanac, a Google search turns up no
> relevant notification and I could not find information on the city web
> site.
> Please DELAY any action on these trees until city residents understand
> what is going on. What is the claimed property damage? Who requested the
> removal? What other alternatives aside from tree removal have been
> considered?
> If the only process possible for these questions to be answered is
> formal appeal (with $200 fee), then accept this letter as my request for
> that. City offices are closed this week, so the 15 day appeal would then
> expire this Friday, Dec 28. Hence I'm unsure just what city regulations
> imply in such a situation.
> I'd appreciate a prompt reply regarding what action can be taken
> immediately.
> Sincerely,
> John Kadvany / College Ave.
Received on Wed Dec 26 2018 - 18:20:19 PST

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