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Original post made on Jul 1, 2011

JUST DANCE ... Palo Alto's debate over the future of Cubberley Community Center turned contentious Monday night when artists, school-district boosters and former mayors urged the City Council not to offer an 8-acre parcel of the center for sale to Foothill College. One speaker, Jo Gilbert, compared Foothill to a "200 pound gorilla" trying to impose its will on the city — a description that several council members rejected. Perhaps the highlight of the long and contentious public hearing came from DanceVisions, a dance studio at Cubberley. Laura Zweig, who teaches at the studio, showed the council a collage of photos featuring children who have trained at the studio since the age of 3. She then deferred the remainder of her public-speaking time to her dancing colleagues, who rose from their seats and indulged in a minute of synchronized clapping, swiveling and hip-shaking to the beat of Duffy's "Mercy." The surprise performance delighted the audience, who responded with a hearty round of cheers and applause. "That is a first," Mayor Sid Espinosa observed once order was restored.

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Posted by Bill Wohler
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jul 1, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Hear hear about removing the Ailanthus!

I've known it as the Chinese sumac, but either way, it stinks. Literally. In addition to displacing native varieties, this tree is also very destructive to property.

This weed destroyed my stoop in Palo Alto (before I moved in), and although it had been removed, I still spent *every day* pulling seedlings and shoots from the roots from our property. This tree was even growing in my neighbors crawlspace! It took over his lawn. Look around, you'll see it growing in streets, in fences, in parking lots. The post office will be toast soon.

Please work with Menlo Park to get it eliminated here too since the seeds can spread...

It should be illegal to sell this tree. Another aspect is that the public needs to be educated to remove it from their property since a single tree can keep an entire neighborhood infected. Therefore, removal of large trees on private property should also be mandated--and funded.

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Posted by svatoid
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jul 2, 2011 at 9:34 am

Let me make sure I understand this--property owners are not allowed to remove trees from their property without jumping through hoops, satisfying Canopy and all the tree lovers in the city. Dangerous trees in public parks cannot be removed without consultants, discussions and meeting. But Drekmeier is allowed to uproot healthy trees from public space???

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Posted by uprootit
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jul 2, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Please remove it as soon as possible.

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Posted by Bill Wohler
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jul 7, 2011 at 1:24 pm

It appears that the ailanthus is already on the hit list for the USDA, NPS, and the state of California and is banned outright in the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

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