The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission will move ahead with plans to remove a popular valley oak tree in Menlo Park, nicknamed "Granny," to make way for a water pipeline, a spokeswoman said.
Residents gathered this morning around the 100-foot-tall tree on 15th Avenue in a North Fair Oaks neighborhood to protest plans to cut it down. Workers are likely to move forward next week, SFPUC spokeswoman Maureen Barry said.
The tree's removal is part of a $320 million seismic upgrade to the region's Hetch Hetchy water delivery system, which supplies water from Yosemite National Park to millions of homes and businesses throughout the Bay Area.
"Those are the pipelines that bring all of the water to the San Mateo County area and San Francisco, 100 percent," Barry said.