Residents of San Lucas Avenue have succeeded in getting PG&E to meet with them as a group to discuss the utility company's plan to strip their backyards of trees and other landscaping.
The meeting between PG&E officials and residents is set for Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the city library at 585 Franklin Street. Public works director Mike Fuller, who arranged the meeting, said PG&E officials will share information about the project and answer questions.
Residents of San Lucas way, led by Beto and Eileen Telleria, want PG&E to move a major gas main -- the same line that exploded in San Bruno -- out from under their backyards instead of removing their beloved trees, one of which is the centerpiece of their Japanese garden.
But PG&E officials say it's too expensive to move the line for the 16 affected households. The easement must remain clear of trees and structures to allow overhead monitoring by laser-equipped aircraft, to allow repairs and to prevent damage from tree roots, PG&E says.
Residents of a condominium complex at 1963 Rock Street are also upset about PG&E's plan to remove the trees that shade their backyards and would also like to see the pipeline -- and another one next to it -- moved to Middlefield Road.