El Palo Alto restored by 'hero' with a light touch

Palo Alto's landmark cleaned up after graffiti spray-paint attack -- major high-tech health exam planned

The spray-paint vandalism of El Palo Alto, the "living landmark" of the City of Palo Alto, has been delicately removed by a part-time employee of the city's Public Works Department who turned out to be a little-known expert in removing paint from living trees.

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Posted by qq
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 20, 2010 at 1:32 am

Maybe they can come save the trees on ECR that have signs tied to them blocking the sidewalks.

I'm looking at you Verizon and Mike's Bikes.


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Posted by K
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 20, 2010 at 10:42 am

:) Yeah! to the tree expert heros!

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Posted by Dave
a resident of another community
on Aug 20, 2010 at 10:43 am

If now we can save the "Tree" from the wonders of the planned railroad expansion for the L.A. bullet train!

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Posted by Elizabeth
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 20, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Thanks so much for giving the tree the loving attention it deserves!

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Posted by Keep him
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 20, 2010 at 7:59 pm

Give that guy a raise, a permanent job plus all the pension benefits, and anything else he requests to keep him on our staff. He's much more valuable than any $125,000 a year firefighter.

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Posted by Sylvia
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 20, 2010 at 8:33 pm

What wonderful news! I was so distressed to hear what had happened to a thousand year old symbol of our community.

I wish there were a video of Chris McCarthy's restoration work. It would be enjoyable to watch the care he took in restoring our city's landmark.

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Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 21, 2010 at 9:47 pm

Wow -- this is good news! I hope that the police catch the idiot(s) who did this and a judge forces them to pay these workers for their efforts.

Then again, the culprits are likely to have little in terms of tangible assets other than the things they probably stole from people who actually work for a living.

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Posted by Joseph E. Davis
a resident of Woodside
on Aug 21, 2010 at 10:23 pm

Now there is a real public servant. Thank you for a job well done.

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Posted by Cynthia
a resident of another community
on Aug 22, 2010 at 10:08 am

Things kids do while bored on summer vacation! You would probably be surprised to actually know who committed this crime. It could have been some of the homeless that live in the community. In reality, it was still probably someone that you guys are always defending for bad behavior because of the way they look. Remember we only commit "real" crimes, so you have to look "within" for the culprits of this one.

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