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Letters to the editor

Affordable housing loss

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Posted by Inge Infante
a resident of Addison School
on May 8, 2014 at 9:01 am

I was happy to see the construction of the house on 1130 Middlefield finally nearing its completion. I was not so happy to see an oak tree delivered to be planted in the front lawn. Oak trees are "dirty" trees. They drop leaves, caterpillars and acorns constantly. The acorns are distributed in the neighborhood by blue jays and dug up by squirrels, destroying what is growing, including the lawn. My immediate neighbor planted a lawn under an existing oak tree. The lawn died within a few months for lack of sunlight. So my neighbor had to spent a lot of money installing artificial turf. Along my driveway I just counted 30 oak seedlings. If I let them grow, they can easily lift the sidewalk.
Why not plant a tree that does no damage and people will actually enjoy, like a dogwood?

Posted by Erwachsen
a resident of Community Center
on May 8, 2014 at 6:37 pm

It seems the city has themes of certain trees on certain blocks of streets. For some, the theme is magnolias, which are fragrant, for others, it is sycamores, which drop branches on parked cars. Apparently your block has an oak theme. However, it should be planted on the parkway, not on the front lawn. Although redwoods and oaks are native trees, they wreak a lot of havoc with concrete sidewalks, which the city has been sued over at least a couple of times when pedestrians tripped over the cracks and bumps where the roots lifted up the pavements.

Call the city arborist and complain! A neighbor of mine tripped over a sizeable root protruding from a sidewalk ( the trees' canopy also obstructed the street light, so he never saw the root). He broke his shoulder badly and had to have two surgeries.
The city had recently been sued over a similar occurrence with an elderly person, so they were quick to pay his hospital and doctor bills, as well as shave down the root and pave over it ( though they did not trim the canopy). Let the arborist know this is a safety issue as well as a maintenance nightmare.

This also seems especially weird, since we were recently sent a letter from the Utilities Dept informing us that this was NOT the year to plant our annual vegetable garden or do any landscaping, due to the drought!

Posted by Deb
a resident of another community
on Aug 6, 2014 at 3:10 pm

So today I was taking the University exit off 101 going north and then was getting back on 101 from University to go south.
I am pretty sure I have been reading nothing but drought drought drought..
And I am certain we are still in the grips of summer heat and NO water.

Can anyone tell me how and why the highway exit ramps are being planted with 100's and 100's of new 1 gallon plants.. with the sprinklers.. NOT DRIP.. on full blast watering them IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY???? And not just this exit.. there are numerous areas around that are being planted now. WHY?? Residents are chastised for using too much water.. and then we see this going on.
Planting in the summer, planting at all, OPEN WATERING in the summer.. during midday.
Seriously.. this is crazy. The plants couldn't wait till November or December when we MIGHT get rain????
I'm disgusted..

Posted by Nancy Ng
a resident of Meadow Park
on Dec 6, 2015 at 11:02 am

On Saturday evening some of my children and grandchildren and I were privileged to be part of the Posada at Buena Vista.. It was a wonderful community event which reminded me of the old, imperfect but less-shallow Alto. I thought of Ventura School where all were welcomed and honored; where multiculturalism was not a subject but a way of life. I remembered the vibrant barrio that flourished at Meadow and El Camino. I recalled schools where learning was more important that test scores.

Buena Vista is a community treasure in a time and place where it is easy to lose our way. Thank you to our neighbors at BV for their welcoming humanity. Let us all pledge our support for their future.

Nancy Ng

Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Dec 6, 2015 at 2:01 pm

"Closing Buena Vista would mean the loss of 108 units of affordable housing with no plan for replacement."

The family that owns the property has chosen to "close their mobilehome park in the hope of someday putting their land to other uses to secure their family’s financial future."

It might be more appropriate to address your commento to these community minded folks.

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