July 5, 2010

Third Workshop on San Leandro Creek Tree Removal Will be Held July 13

According to a notice from the Alameda County Public Works Agency, the third public workshop on removing hazardous trees from San Leandro Creek will be held on July 13, 2010.

These workshops are in response to the outcry from San Leandro community members who felt that Alameda County failed to properly the notify neighbors of San Leandro Creek about the tree removal plans. According to the notice, "The third workshop is focused on the area at the end of St. Mary Avenue, and is intended to seek input from area residents on approaches to address tree hazards on District properties in San Leandro Creek." Previous meetings were held on June 22 and June 29, 2010.

After a meeting held at the San Leandro Library on May 20, 2010, Daniel Woldesenbet, the Director of the Alameda County Public Works Agency, sent an email to residents, stating:

This is to inform you that the District has decided to suspend the proposed Hazard Tree Removal Project, and start the process again. In the past we heard a lot more from those who would like the trees removed, and assumed that it was the desire of the overall community. However, from what we heard last night, that assumption was not entirely correct. Therefore, based on the feedback from the community meeting, yesterday evening, I have decided that it would be better to re-start a new process that will better engage community members along the creek. To this end, we will arrange for a series of separate meetings with residents along St. Mary's Avenue, Huff Avenue and Cary Drive.

We will communicate with community members that left contact information yesterday as well as mail out letters advising of the upcoming meetings.

Note: The hazard associated with this trees remains, and the need to address this hazard in a timely manner is essential. As such, we will initiate the community process in the very near future.

The workshop will be held on July 13, 2010, from 7 to 9pm at Bancroft Middle School. Bancroft Middle School is located at 1150 Bancroft Avenue in San Leandro.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at July 5, 2010 4:21 PM | TrackBack
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