A group of neighbors in the unincorporated North Fair Oaks area on Monday saved a stately, centuries-old oak tree from getting the ax, but their victory may be short-lived.
Although the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission planned to begin removing the tree early in the morning, it will hold off until officials get a chance to meet with the neighbors and explain their reasoning, said Tyrone Jue, the agency's director of communications.
The utility says the 65-foot tree, which neighbors have nicknamed "Granny," lies in the path of a water pipeline project.
But residents in the neighborhood between Atherton and Redwood City said they don't trust the utility and will go to court today to seek a temporary restraining order to ensure the oak tree won't be felled before they're satisfied there is no alternative.
"Talk is cheap," said North Fair Oaks resident Mary Ann Mullen, one of the neighbors fighting to save the tree for good. "They have not been responsive to our concerns."
Mullen said the neighbors weren't told until Friday about the utility's plan to remove the oak Monday morning.