Two towering redwood trees at 1020 Hermosa Way escaped the ax after the Menlo Park Environmental Quality Commission voted 6-0 to deny the homeowner's removal permits after a next-door neighbor appealed.
The trees, standing approximately 90 feet tall, were evaluated by both Michael Young, an arborist with Urban Tree Management, as well as Christian Bonner, the city's arborist, at the homeowner's request. Both arborists decided that slapdash pruning years ago had left tree limbs in danger of breaking off and falling on vehicles, people and adjacent properties, according to the city staff's report.
However, a neighbor, Mary Ann Robbiano, challenged the conclusion that removal was the only solution.
"Menlo Park is advertised as Tree City USA," Ms. Robbiano wrote in her appeal. "The trees were one of the reasons that my husband and I bought our property at that location on Hermosa Way. We loved all the trees that were on our lot and the lots around the area."
The commission heard her appeal on Wednesday, April 22 -- Earth Day -- and concurred that other solutions were viable, according to Environmental Programs Manager Heather Abrams.
Commissioner Allan Bedwell was unable to attend the meeting.