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on Apr 1, 2011
I like the 30-40 years part. Very cute.
The level of incompetence by the City is unbelievable.
How many more trees must die before someone provides adult supervision?
I was upset too -- until reading the editor's note!! Very cute.
Fire their butts! First California Avenue, and now another 'accidental' tree removal, 20 of them!
You know the saying...'fool me once etc. etc.
What's up !
It's just another April fool's joke!
A good prank is believable -- this was unfortunately quite believable till the end!
I love the way that people just jumped all over the story with vehemance and vituprativeness. Enough with the April Fools stories, our hearts can't take the strees!!
Is this a representation, the tip of the iceberg, so to speak.
If two words missed in a work order resulted in the removal of 20 trees, where else are editors/readers of work orders being question?
Does anyone have the opportunity to question a decision being reached?
It may have been a better to add some solar panels to existing downtown structues for the electricity.
Although, when I rode my bicycle or walked through the Palo Alto Dowtown area. A few thoughts went through my busy mind. Do these lights need to be lite before and after the Christmas Season? How much do trees with lights wrapped around them dry out during the many
warm days we have in this area? How much "cooling effect" will be lost since the removal of this foliage has taken place?
Oh Well. When I bring my own bag to Whole foods, I will no longer donate the nickel to the tree (Canopy) fund.
Where were the mothers and fathers eyes and ears when these trees were removed? Why did no one speak up and call 911? Where were the tree huggers?
I will leave out any mention of carbon monoxide removal in this comment since there are so few cars in and about the Downtown University Area.
I love that the editor managed to fool the usual vitriolic posters on here. Ha!
Ya sure kno what buttons to push. Best thing to preserve in this universe: sense of humor.
Whewww! Amazing the anger that just pours out! Happy April Fool's Day everyone, and good job PA Online -- ya got 'em!
It just shows how people read a headline and react without reading the article. As someone posted on another April Fool site, the most vitriolic postings are those of the non-readers.
Editor: Please be careful when writing headlines. We have too many people who can only absorb small bites (bytes?) at a time.
The hysteria of the comments was even better than the story! John Doh? Did any of you notice the bylines on these stories? Ambar Maple for this one. Simba Felidae for the Peet's mountain lion?
Good on you, PAW.
How could anyone think this story was anything but an "APRIL FOOLS" joke? Hey guys wake-up, it's April Fool's Day!!!!
Given city budget cuts, rising water costs, and California's inability to provide enough water to sustain population growth, a prescient city arborist and Palo Alto City Council will replace the trees with the world's largest native California cactus.
The species is the cardÃ³n cactus (Pachycereus pringlei). Since it is estimated that there are only about 1200 of this rare native plant, city staff is considering applying for grants to help offset procurement and planting costs.
Some of the largest cardones have been measured at nearly 21 meters (70 feet) high and weigh up to 25 tons. These very slow growing plants are extremely long-lived. Many specimens live well over 300 years. They require virtually no maintenance, have no leaves to shed, and can be transplanted if necessary.
Shop owners along University Ave are thrilled since these gigantic native plants will not obscure store fronts, and no street sweeping will be required for 300 years.
The city manager is in agreement that the planting of this rare native species will save costs, and help with water conservation.
He also remarked that that these would make Palo Alto a *True Destination* as people would flock here from all over the world to see these remarkable rare trees lining our main street.
Does anyone think that all of the "real-named" posts are really posted by the individuals named? More pranks?!
Thought I was in a Simpsons episode.
@Native Plant Lover
Giant cactus? LOL! Now *that* would be a sight. Thanks for the added laugh.
That was great- scared me for a second- and amazing how many people didn't read to the bottom....:)
We could have plastic trees made from recycled milk cartons. That would really save on water usage too!
Or, fake trees disguising cell towers, all decked out in pretty lights!
Too funny. Kudos to PA Online. The sad part is that it was all too believable. Chuckle.
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