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Guest opinion: Please spare the trees

Original post made on Jun 24, 2018

In an op-ed published in the June 22 issue, Valentin Abramzon calls on the city to preserve trees that could be removed as part of a development at the site of the old Safeway in San Antonio shopping center.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, June 24, 2018, 12:25 PM

Comments (11)

Posted by Gary
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jun 24, 2018 at 12:39 pm

Gary is a registered user.

Is any member of the Environmental Planning Commission (EPC) runming for City Council?

Posted by Gary
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jun 24, 2018 at 1:34 pm

Gary is a registered user.

I just looked online and see that City Council (announced) candidate Ellen Kamei is a member of the EPC. I also see that Greystar is referenced in connection with a City Council agenda item this Tuesday night (June 26). The Council is being asked to agree that the City's contribution of so-called Transferable Development Rights (TDRs) to purchase a school site apply to the new site being sought by the Los Altos School District (including Kohl's) across California Street from the former Safeway site. So the June 26 City Council meeting is a time to comment on plans by Greystar for both sides of the street. The City Council should NOT continue to go along with buying land in part with TDRs - at least without requiring the building of a school for neighborhood students (not to relocate Bullis Charter students) unless and until the Council is later persuaded to drop or modify such a restriction. In other words, city assets should not be committed without city strings attached.

Posted by John
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jun 25, 2018 at 11:54 am

Bad evil people are in government today

Posted by Emre
a resident of The Crossings
on Jun 25, 2018 at 4:53 pm

Thank you for this article.

Posted by Sarah
a resident of Castro City
on Jun 26, 2018 at 10:39 am

Thank you for creating this petition. It has been sickening to me how Mountain View builds with no regard to mature trees. One example: the Community Center rebuild in Rengstorff Park. They cut down the largest, most spectacular magnolia tree which could have anchored the entrance to the new center. It was possible -- the tree was not in the middle of the new pavement for entry but would have flanked it beautifully. Instead, they slaughtered the tree, poured a bunch of foundation, and put in the thickest, most industrial looking lightpoles I've seen anywhere. The poles are an eye sore and impede the surrounding sidewalks, likely making them impassable to stollers or wheelchairs. I was expecting some dark green, perhaps decorative light poles to adorn the entry way to the new center, but what they've chosen is out of sync and out of scale with the surroundings. Just look at Palo Alto for an example of how to build... they have heritage trees and redwoods everywhere, and they move streets and lots around to keep them intact. The result is a peaceful, shaded, and beautiful community. PLEASE, MOUNTAIN VIEW, DON'T FAVOR CONCRETE OVER TREES. It's making me miserable!!

Posted by John
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jun 26, 2018 at 10:50 am

The MV Sustainability task force is doing what? Just window dressing?
Agreed about the destruction at Rengstorff Park> The clear cutting of the shoreline redwoods for a "bike path", I guess "global warming" doesn't concern the Mountain View government.
Heritage tree removal signs all over the place!
Build baby build.

Posted by let'sgetreal
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 26, 2018 at 11:24 am

What the ef is wrong with our city council??? $$$$$ Cutting down trees and laying down concrete is sickening. SHAME ON YOU!

Posted by Gary
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jun 26, 2018 at 11:57 pm

Gary is a registered user.

I saw on TV (cable 26) tonight that the City Council voted 4-3 to proceed with the potential support of a park and school in the San Antonio Center (think Kohl's). 3 councilmembers (the women) wanted a neighborhood school - not a Bullis Charter School dump site. The other four (men) were not ready to condition city support on receiving a neighborhood school - but maybe one of the men will wake up if and when the Los Altos School District reveals its real plan for the site. The plan is to move BCS there - but the school district will relent if necessary to get the $100 million contribution from the City of Mountain View.

Posted by Long-term View
a resident of another community
on Jul 1, 2018 at 8:50 am

@Gary et. al.,

It really doesn't matter if LASD 'dumps' BCS at this new school site. What really matters is securing this land for a purpose that is needed in the long term. At the prodding of ABAG, local cities are stacking and packing more people into existing neighborhoods. Even with lower birth rates, kids will be born and will need schools. Schools require playing fields, multi-purpose rooms and gyms. In public schools (and BCS is a public school) those amenities can be used by the local community.

This proposed school is a good deal for Mountain View. BCS may not even exist anymore by the time it gets built. All it will take is one major scandal or loss of a key donor to cause families in droves to pull their kids out and go back to the regular LASD schools.

Posted by avocadocar
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 8, 2018 at 1:40 pm

Oh yes, save the trees! There are so many on I-85 blocking the exit signs that you cannot see where to get off. It is a wonder that they do not cause more accidents than they do.

Posted by Gary
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jul 8, 2018 at 8:36 pm

@Long-term View; Grabbing land for a park and school is fine but Mountain View city money should be used for Mountain Viewers. Just require that the new school NOT be used for BSC unless otherwise agreed by Mountain View down the road.

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