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Is someone trying to kill the two heritage redwood trees in front of the old Cadillac dealership?

Original post made by Concerned, Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park, on Feb 5, 2009

It looks like someone has been removing the bark of the redwood trees at the old Cadillac dealership. Is there an interested party in the property who prefers not having these heritage redwoods, on site, for development purposes? The trees also have historical significance as they graced the entrance to the long-gone stage theatre which used to sit on the site.
What is the city doing to protect these beautiful heritage trees from destruction?

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Posted by Simple Explanation
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 5, 2009 at 8:48 pm

No one's been removing the bark - they've simply stopped watering the trees, which look pretty much dead at this point. Someone at city hall better look at having them taken down before they fall over and really wreck havoc.


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Posted by arillaga legacy
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 5, 2009 at 10:05 pm

Arilliaga sold the old Shepard cadillac property to Peter Pau's Sand Hill Development for $20 million a few years ago, after buying the site from the Shepard family for $7 million.
As a former Idaho farm boy, now rich John A., should tend to his crops.
Come on John, call Jim McClenahan and get on with the deep watering to save those specimen redwoods!


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Posted by Interesting
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 6, 2009 at 2:43 pm

"Arilliaga sold the old Shepard cadillac property to Peter Pau's Sand Hill Development for $20 million a few years ago, after buying the site from the Shepard family for $7 million."

Wow! Now THERE'S a prime example of "the rich getting richer".


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Posted by observer
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Feb 6, 2009 at 3:11 pm

a drop in the bucket for either party. Price was in excess of $20MM

observer


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Posted by Joanna
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Feb 7, 2009 at 12:44 pm

"heritage" trees?

50 year old redwoods as "heritage" trees?


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Posted by Also Concerned
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Feb 7, 2009 at 3:57 pm

In reply to Joanna-
Summary of the Heritage Tree Ordinance
Updated November 2008
See also: Chapter 13.24 of the Menlo Park Municipal Code
(Available at www.menlopark.org or by calling 330-6740)
Purpose of the Ordinance
The primary intention of the ordinance is to ensure that there will be a significant population of large, healthy trees over the long term in Menlo Park. The ordinance defines heritage trees, establishes permitting policies and procedures for removal, heavy pruning and protection of heritage trees, and specifies penalties for violation.
Definitions of Heritage Tree
1) Any tree having a trunk with a circumference of 47.1 inches (diameter of 15 inches) or more measured at 54 inches above natural grade.
2) Any oak tree native to California, with a circumference of 31.4 inches (diameter of 10 inches) or more measured at 54 inches above natural grade.


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Posted by Joanna
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Feb 9, 2009 at 3:49 pm

Also Concerned: Thanks!


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