More than 130 Menlo Park and Atherton property owners should soon receive letters from Pacific Gas and Electric saying up to 1,400 trees near PG&E gas transmission pipes on their properties may need to be removed as safety hazards.
The program has drawn criticism from local officials, including Menlo Park Fire Protection District Chief Harold Schapelhouman, who is featured in a PG&E mailer about the program, and from members of the Atherton City Council. The Menlo Park City Council is due to be briefed on the program on Aug. 25.
PG&E plans to remove trees in Palo Alto, Woodside and Portola Valley next year.
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