Dear Steve Emslie,
I have two heritage Live Oaks on my property. There is a virtual grove of them on my neighbor's property. These trees are the source of a prodigious amount of pollen every spring. I can't describe the mess the pollen makes to my house, the automobiles, the driveway and brick patios, and the seepage into the house. This contributes to my sense of dissatisfaction each spring as I go about cleaning, day after day, February through April.
It is even worse September through November, when the pollen in my neighborhood causes my cars to assume a yellow patina, even when they are kept in the carport. The house, of course, has to be hosed down when this pollen season ends. I find myself frequently coughing and sneezing, no doubt due to pollen in the air.
The only solution to restore my sense of well being and comfort is to have all these trees removed, esp the very offending Deodore Cedar two houses down that emits a virtual cloud of pollen. I don't think I should have to put up with pollen from my neighbor's trees, do you? If I get a note from my doctor linking the pollen season with my increased sense of stress, will you approve my having all these trees removed?
Palo Alto has a reputation of being all things to all people, all the time. So lets get rid of these trees in Palo Alto and make this a pollen-free zone.