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On Deadline blog: Fairmeadow tree doomed by careless digging, tight design -- but triggers new policy

Original post made by Jay Thorwaldson, editor emeritus, on Apr 26, 2012

The abrupt removal of a twin-trunk redwood tree at Fairmeadow Elementary School during spring break in early April is generating a new Palo Alto Unified School District administrative regulation relating to tree removal and communication about it.

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Posted by Disgusted Parent
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Apr 26, 2012 at 11:05 pm

Doesn't think there was negligence... He ought to look in the mirror when he says that.
They ought to look at the utter destruction of an entire school campus - the students left with a fraction of what they need for play space , the open spaces obliterated intentionally by the whole plan. The elimination of the tree is hardly worth discussion - what could possibly have saved the tree against such an arrogant school board making decisions to ruin vast swaths of school grounds this way. In the scheme of things, the tree was merely collateral damage in the war Palo Alto decision makers are making on our open spaces. The tree was doomed before the backhoe's showed up...

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Posted by paloaltotreewatch
a resident of Palo Alto Orchards
on Apr 27, 2012 at 9:03 am

I agree with Disgusted Parent - the overbuild at Gunn is tragic. Kids are packed in like sardines. Kids need SPACE to spread out and think
- not just more classrooms with fluorescent lights and desks.

Unfortunately the real education the PAUSD board and the overbuild is teaching kids is that nature does not matter.

Of course this all goes back to the worst decisions every made by PAUSD - the closing and selling of school lands in the early 1980's.

I applaud the buying of the San Antonio sit - even though home development company (of which Larry Klein is part) - want to do even more over-development. That site will help a bit of the over- development problem.

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Posted by fairmeadow parent
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Apr 27, 2012 at 3:24 pm

These kind of careless accidents will keep happening unless there is a financial penalty imposed on the builder. That is all they care about.

It's easy to be overly dramatic, but this really was a special tree that the kids loved to congregate around and play on. It's very sad that it was lost.