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Tonight: Woodside Town Council to consider fine of $52,500 for tree cutting without a permit

Original post made on Apr 23, 2013

The Town Council will consider an appeal tonight (April 23) by a Woodside property owner facing a fine of $52,500 for the felling of six mature bay laurel trees on his property without a permit.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 10:37 AM


Posted by Chance, a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Apr 23, 2013 at 12:58 pm

That's expensive firewood.

Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 23, 2013 at 4:09 pm

That wasn't expensive firewood it was a cheap way for someone to improve their view. Just another wealthy individual flaunting the rules.

Posted by peeved in PV, a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Apr 23, 2013 at 8:21 pm

I used to have a sunny garden with flowers, bushes and a lawn. Now, thanks to a neighbor's enormous eucalyptus trees, I have no lawn, no flowers, no sun, and a bunch of debris from the trees. But, hey, eucalyptus trees have more rights to sunshine than people, native flowers and bushes have.

What is wrong with requiring that huge fire and storm hazards be removed?

Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 24, 2013 at 7:02 am


nothing is wrong with removing the trees. Why don't you ask your neighbor to do it? Put in the proper paperwork and get permission unlike the person in this story.

Posted by love our town, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Apr 25, 2013 at 4:39 pm

I think they should have to pay the full fine. They should have to follow the rules just like everyone else and not flaunt bypass them. It's likely their removal would have been approved, so they should have done the right thing and applied and paid the minimal fee. Now they're complaining because they didn't follow the rules. Shameful.