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Editorial: Rescue plan for 'Granny' sounds solid

Original post made on Jul 20, 2011

The future of "Granny," the centuries-old heritage oak tree that was threatened by crews installing a new Hetch Hetchy waterline, is now back in the hands of residents who mounted an 11th hour attack to get San Francisco water agency officials to save the tree.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Jill Andre
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jul 20, 2011 at 6:30 pm

I strongly disagree that "saving Granny" would be " a gift of public funds to spend money on this tree to benefit the individual homeowner and adjacent neighbors."

Our Heritage Trees are a benefit to the entire community: with clean air, food and shelter for animals and insects. "Granny" is part of a larger system, and the very symbol of Menlo Park.

Meanwhile, the North Fair Oaks neighbors are besieged by construction noise and dirt. Is the PUC compensating the property owners for the loss of quiet enjoyment or property values?
I have a responsibility to maintain Heritage Trees on my property and budget for it. Surely the PUC could have foreseen this expense years ago.

Is the Alamanac offering to endow a fund to maintain the tree? That is "small price to pay."


Jill Andre
Pope St





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