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Town Council fines Woodside couple $10,000 for felling trees without a permit

Original post made on Sep 14, 2009

A couple who cut several significant trees in Woodside without a permit drew a hefty fine. The Town Council dramatically reduced the penalty while trying to send a message that in this community, trees have standing.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, September 14, 2009, 6:04 PM

Comments (7)

Posted by Pondering, a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Sep 15, 2009 at 9:24 pm

Hmmm. Eric Weiss has repeatedly struck me as someone with a superiority complex. I do hope this humbles him a bit.


Posted by eightball, a resident of Woodside: other
on Sep 15, 2009 at 10:43 pm

Dear Pondering - I think you've missed the point of the article. It's about subjective use of an ordinance and the property owner's name is insignificant. But since you've decided to be anonymously personal, please remember that there are TWO Dr. Eric Weisses in Woodside: one with a famously arrogant reputation and one with a very admirable reputation. This particular one was the admirable one!


Posted by brook, a resident of Woodside: Mountain Home Road
on Sep 15, 2009 at 10:50 pm

I agree with eightball. The Eric Weiss referred to in this article is an amazingly generous person. He's widely recognized as an integral part of our community for 20 years - having spent more than a decade volunteering to work w/ Woodside Fire District, CEERP, several Woodside School committees, etc. You must have the wrong guy!

Also agree that this isn't the issue. The fine for something like this (where everyone agrees it was beneficial) should be reflective of the negative impact on the environment (i.e. NONE!!)


Posted by Neda, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 15, 2009 at 11:03 pm

Yes - this is not a place to air unsupported and undeserved personal opinions about someone. Very immature. You should retract it.


Posted by Ella, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 16, 2009 at 5:10 pm


Dr. Weiss does not have a superiority complex, but certainly
has reason to- his new Wellness Studio was voted best new business
by Almanac readers such as yourself.


Posted by excuse me?, a resident of Woodside: other
on Sep 16, 2009 at 8:47 pm

9.5 inches determines a Heritage Oak, when we are reminded daily of the Sudden Oak Syndrome demise of Live Oaks that will defoliate our forest?
[Portion constituting an unsubstantiated personal attack removed]
Council should pay the Weiss' for their effort to eradicate potential Sudden Oak Death Syndrome infestations.


Posted by Stanford Speaks, Woodside better listen, a resident of Woodside: other
on Sep 16, 2009 at 10:02 pm

[Post removed; disrespecttul comment by poster using multiple names on this thread]


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