Monday, May 16, 2011

300-year-old oak tree to be removed for utility upgrades; neighbors plan protest - Menlo Park, CA

Menlo Park area: Protective neighbors of 300-year-old oak tree near plan protest - San Jose Mercury News

Several dozen residents of the North Fair Oaks neighborhood near Menlo Park said Sunday that they would be out first thing Monday morning to try to prevent a nearly 300-year-old valley oak tree nicknamed "Granny" from being cut down as part of an upgrade for the Hetch Hetchy pipeline.

Mary Ann Mullen said she expects as many as 50 of her neighbors to join the protest over reported plans by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission to cut the tree to make room for a new pipeline in a right-of-way behind their homes. The commission's offices were closed Sunday and a spokesman could not be reached for comment.
Mullen said the SFPUC late Friday afternoon informed a neighbor that the tree, 100 feet tall and 5 feet around, would be cut down first thing Monday. In a news release, she asked residents to show up at 7 a.m. at 827 15th Ave. for the protest.

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