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News - January 29, 2010

California Avenue trees ready for planting

100 volunteers will replant green canopy Saturday

by Sue Dremann

California Avenue will be naked no more.

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Posted by El Palo Alto, a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 28, 2010 at 10:25 am

Why is it that we work to remove/eradicate non-native species on lands outside or on the periphery of town, yet plant them with abandon in town? Early photos of this area have a sparse beauty, which now is lost to jumbles of non-native trees and plantings.

Heresy; but perhaps Palo Alto has too many trees.

Posted by Crescent Park Dad, a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 28, 2010 at 10:30 am

What is actually pretty ironic is that there were two recent columns in the SF Chron stating/proving that Redwood/Sequoia trees should not be planted in urban areas or in areas with less than 25" of annual rainfall. Yet CPA has decided that those same non-native trees are "protected."

Posted by Judith, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 28, 2010 at 10:58 am

If El Palo Alto was here when the Spanish arrived, how is it that redwoods are "non-native"? There are plenty of redwoods doing quite well in Palo Alto. Maybe the Chron "stated" and not "proved" they were a problem.
As for native plantings in town vs out of town or on the periphery - the edges are more natural and should be protected as such. Our urban areas are just that - urban - and the "sparse beauty", which I might have appreciated when it existed is long gone to buildings and roads.
My concern is - where are the rest of the trees? I thought we were getting 74?

Posted by Ronna Devincenzi, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 28, 2010 at 11:01 am

Many thanks and special honor should go to Dave Muffley from Canopy, for volunteering days going to numerous nurseries during Winter, hand-inspecting all the tree roots & selecting each specific tree likely to flourish when planted this Saturday-surely a labor of love!

It's all the behind the scenes work and preparation on the part of the community that will no doubt, make this a successful effort for everyone that cares about California Ave., and creating a lovely canopy.

Posted by plum tree queen, a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 28, 2010 at 11:04 am

Regarding Crescent Park Dad comment: I see no place in the article that Redwood trees are being planted along California Avenue. Thank goodness it has only been six months since the old trees were removed, and new trees are being planted. I'm surprised it hasn't gone the way of Alma Plaza and still no resolution.

Posted by Laurie Moore, a resident of Los Altos
on Jan 28, 2010 at 11:24 am

I read the article numerous times for the day/date. Someone commented that it was Saturday. Can that be clarified?

Posted by Sara, a resident of Midtown
on Jan 28, 2010 at 11:24 am


Posted by Laurie, a resident of Los Altos
on Jan 28, 2010 at 11:28 am

I finally saw "Saturday" in the tagline...thanks.

Posted by Daniel Mart, a resident of Mountain View
on Jan 28, 2010 at 11:32 am

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Posted by PABob, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 28, 2010 at 11:46 am

Hello, Weekly: Looks like someone cut the paragraph with the who, what, where, when information on "the event" alluded to in the article. Headline mentions Saturday, so that's a clue, and I gather city officials and volunteers will be involved, but what is "the event," when is it and where is it?

Posted by Deep Throat, a resident of another community
on Jan 28, 2010 at 12:10 pm

How can City Council Members participate in this photo opportunity when they are supposed to be at their annual retreat Saturday morning?

Posted by Jocelyn Dong, editor of the Palo Alto Weekly
on Jan 28, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Jocelyn Dong is a registered user.

Hi PABob. Thanks. We've added details to clarify that the planting of trees will take place Saturday along California Avenue. Volunteer check-in starts at 9:30 a.m.

Deep Throat, I guess we know what Pat Burt will be doing during the retreat's lunch break!

Posted by sarlat, a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 29, 2010 at 7:23 am

Non-native trees? And our ancestors who arrived here from other parts of the world and nearly eradicated through genocide the indigenous population are native? Just asking.

Posted by New Harmony, a resident of another community
on Jan 29, 2010 at 9:30 am

May this signify the end of all controversy and disputation in Palo Alto and the dawn of a new era of harmony, amity, and good will all the way from the shores of the mighty San Francisquito Creek to center lines of storied San Antonio Road!!

Posted by Brian, a resident of Evergreen Park
on Jan 29, 2010 at 11:07 am

New Harmony,
Your rhetoric gave me a small chuckle, but I'm not going to hold my breath. There is a group of angry people who seem to camp out on Town Square waiting for their pet issues to come up. On this tree issue, it was a little disappointing that: a) the Public Words Department ignored a rule, and b) the City Council (as a group) seemed to be completely unaware of the tree cutting before it occurred. But the reaction to it was way over the top - in my very humble opinion. I heard about the tree cutting several days before it occurred via our neighborhood email group, and while I thought it odd that they were going to cut the trees down all at once, I figured smarter people than me had determined it was the best and most efficient (in these days of challenged budgets) way to get a new crop of trees in place. Anyway, I agree with you that this will hopefully bring this issue to rest. Stay tuned for many other issues that will bring out the angry people. My favorites (not!) are high speed rail, the never-ending math wars, language immersion, school bonds, libraries, crimes/police issues .....
I can't go on; there are just too many.

Posted by SANDRA BEGES, a resident of Los Altos
on Jan 31, 2010 at 5:15 pm


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