Mountain View Voice

Opinion - June 6, 2014

Letters to the Editor

Google's deforestation at Mayfield

The Voice article on Google's wanton destruction of Mayfield trees correctly stated that Monta Loma residents who, over many years, opposed developing the site cited "a loss of the site's many trees as a main reason for their opposition."

I am one of the neighbors who attended countless meetings to plead with the developers to spare our urban forest, which was designed to offer something beautiful for every season, from the frilly pink blossoms of spring to fall gold and scarlet to rival New England's maples.

At the last meeting I attended, in the buyer's on-site trailer, we were told that the neglected trees could very likely be restored with proper care and watering, and that they would save as many as they could. When Google took over the property, we rejoiced, certain that the example of their leafy main campus would extend to the new site. I was out of town at the time of the deforestation, but neighbors told me the cutting took place at 2 a.m., which, if true, sounds pretty underhanded to me.

I have been observing those trees for more than 40 years, and though a few of the now-dead ones were missing a branch or two, they continued to leaf and flower every season. Perhaps they will be replaced by tiny saplings supported by broomsticks. Shame on Google for betraying their stated goal: "You can make money without doing evil."

Susan A. Barkan, Laura Lane

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