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Redwood tree removal permit withdrawn

Original post made on Nov 20, 2012

The owner of the CitiBank building on the corner of California Avenue and El Camino Real has withdrawn his permit to have two mature redwoods cut down, Mike Sartor, City of Palo Alto public works director, said Tuesday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 4:58 PM


Posted by Fred Balin, a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 20, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Hot dog!!

Posted by Wondering?, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 20, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Seems like tree removal wasn't really the only safe choice. With the simple option of relocating the water and gas pipes, why did the City issue a tree removal permit in the first place?

Good work Mr. Balin. Thank you!

Posted by paloaltotreewatch, a resident of Palo Alto Orchards
on Nov 20, 2012 at 10:53 pm

who in the city originally approved the removal in the city?
Dave Dockter?
He is on record as saying his mission to is to protect Oaks.
It would be great if he had the same passion for other classes of trees - say Redwoods for instance.

Posted by Alphonso, a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Nov 21, 2012 at 7:33 am

Those trees are too close together (one has to go), they are cracking the walls of the building and the roots will be damaged by the weight of cars in the parking lot. It is great to save the trees but the costs of maintaining the trees and building will continue to mount. Perhaps the Friends of California Ave should put up a bond of $50K- $100K to cover the eventual damage and the inevitable removal at some point in the future.

Posted by treehugger, a resident of Southgate
on Nov 21, 2012 at 2:03 pm

If the trees had gotten sufficient water in the first place, the roots would not have risen to look for water. They would have grown deep in the earth with a good soak once a week. It is sad, but they are not in a healthy place for redwood trees.

Posted by Retired Teacher, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 21, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Hello there, Cut it down--Well, doggone, if there wasn't a way to save the two beautiful redwoods after all! Seems like the approval of the removal permit wasn't all that thoroughly researched after all.

I'm glad Mr. Balin and his group got the city to take a second look. Kudos to them and to the city manager for being thorough and careful.

Posted by cut it down, a resident of Midtown
on Nov 21, 2012 at 5:03 pm

[Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.] Read the story, the building owner withdrew the permit. We will have to see if the solution is viable.

Posted by Alphonso, a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Nov 21, 2012 at 8:32 pm


[Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.] Redwood roots only go down 6-7 feet, regardless of water. The roots also spread up to 100 feet, making the tree a problem if planted near a foundation - these trees are 3-4 feet from the building.
A better solution would be to plant some Redwoods in a more suitable location.