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Atherton council still working to save civic center trees

Original post made on Jan 2, 2018

There are 85 heritage trees on the site where Atherton plans to build its new civic center, and although the Planning Commission gave the town a permit to cut down 18 of them, the City Council has proved reluctant to allow their removal.

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Posted by Dunno about that
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jan 2, 2018 at 1:35 pm

Mr. DeGolia emphasized that the town is following "the process any homeowner has to go through" to get permission to take out the large old trees. "There are absolutely no rules that have been broken," he said.

I have to respectfully disagree with Mr. DeGolia. As a homeowner, I don't choose the members of the planning commission or the town manager. Their interpretation of the rules may have something to do with this, right?

Not unlike Tim Cook bringing his iPhone in for service at an Apple Store and proclaiming he got the same service as any other customer.

SO let's not go through the charade of pretending the council's application to cut down trees is being handled normally. Town employees know this town council, let by Elizabeth Lewis, is going to build this town center no matter what. Not even a failed parcel tax caused them to scale it down one square foot. No one is going to be the person to say a tree can't be cut down.

But for a homeowner? Sure, these denials happen all the time.

That's why Degolia should admit this center should be built without cutting down any trees. If we scaled it down to accomplish this, it also wouldn't cost over $55M of taxpayer money.

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