City Council agrees magnificent oak at 2353 Webster deserves protection

We did it!  Thank you to all of you who wrote letters, buttonholed Council members (virtually!) and commented at the City Council meeting last evening.   Thank you also to the owner and her team, City staff members and most importantly to the Council members for addressing the fate and importance of the magnificent oak tree at 2353 Webster.

After more than four hours of deliberations, the Palo Alto City Council formally decided on the appeal of the Individual Review for the 2-story house with a basement at 2353 Webster.  See our earlier blog  for details on the issue.  Continue reading

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Council Hearing re-scheduled to 8/17, 7:50PM; Oak Tree Threatened by Construction Dewatering

RE-SCHEDULED due to STRONG PUBLIC INTEREST  to 7:50 PM Monday, August 17, 2020, but may be a bit earlier or later depending on Council deliberations on earlier items.  This is expected to be the first item on the Action Item Agenda and we expect it will be heard near the planned time.

Please Comment either by joining the meeting remotely (phone 1(669)900-6833 / Zoom meeting ID 362 027 238  ) or by sending e-mail to city.council@cityofpaloalto.org.

The Palo Alto City Council will decide on Aug. 17th on the neighbors’ appeal of the Development Department’s approval of a two story house with a large, deep basement at 2353 Webster.  Construction of this basement, as proposed, risks damage and possibly death from dewatering and root damage to the 300+ year old legally protected Continue reading

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Council Hearing re-scheduled to 8/17, 7:50PM; Oak Tree Threatened by Construction Dewatering

RE-SCHEDULED due to STRONG PUBLIC INTEREST  to 7:50 PM (new time) Monday, August 17, 2020, but may be a bit earlier or later depending on Council deliberations on earlier items.  This is expected to be the first item on the Public Agenda and we expect it will be heard near the planned time.

Please Comment either by joining the meeting remotely (phone 1(669)900-6833 / Zoom meeting ID 362 027 238  ) or by sending e-mail to city.council@cityofpaloalto.org.

The Palo Alto City Council will decide on Aug. 17th on the neighbors’ appeal of the Development Department’s approval of a two story house with a large, deep basement at 2353 Webster.  Construction of this basement, as proposed, risks damage and possibly death to the 300+ year old legally protected oak tree at the back of the property.

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Construction Dewatering Threatening 300+ Year Old Oak; Council Hearing Monday 8/10 8:15 PM

300+ year old heritage oak, 2353 Webster, Palo Alto threatened by construction dewatering

We need your help immediately!  On Monday, August 17, 7:30 PM (but may be earlier or later), Palo Alto City Council (rescheduled from this week) will decide on the neighbors’ appeal of the Development Department’s approval of a two story house with a large, deep basement at 2353 Webster.  Construction of this basement, as proposed, risks damage and possibly death to the 300+ year old legally protected oak tree at the back of the property.

Comment either by joining the meeting remotely (phone 1(669)900-6833 / Zoom meeting ID 362 027 238  ) or by sending e-mail to city.council@cityofpaloalto.org.

The construction of the proposed 10-foot deep basement at this location, where the groundwater level is high, would necessitate dewatering, the pumping out of groundwater Continue reading

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Link to Prof. Hill’s Planning for Rising Waters Presentation, April 24, 2019

For all those who have been asking for a link to Dr. Kristina Hill’s talk, “Planning for Rising Waters: Sea Level, Groundwater and the Bay Edge” held on April 24th, here it is!

Many, many thanks to Maury Green for recording and editing this presentation and allowing us to share with a larger audience all the insights from Dr. Hill’s talk. Don’t miss the many thoughtful comments and questions from the fully engaged audience towards the end of the video. The presentation slides, courtesy of Dr. Hill,  are available for download here.

And thank you again to our excellent speaker, Prof. Hill, U. C. Berkeley, who was very generous with her time and knowledge, to the City of Palo Alto for its unflagging interest and support, and to all our other sponsors and volunteers for their financial support and personal commitment to making this a well-attended and successful event.

Experts previously believed the West Coast would have a few more years to see the impacts of climate change.  With the recent wildfires and with the west Antarctic ice sheet collapse, they now say there’s a sense of urgency for us to respond to climate change.  That includes sea level rise and the more recently recognized groundwater level rise that occurs as the sea level rises.  Levees do not protect us from groundwater rise; groundwater comes from stormwater and drains to the Bay.  This groundwater flow protects us from saltwater intrusion.  We hope Dr. Hill’s presentation encourages residents, policy makers, developers and other interested parties to take into account groundwater level rise as well as sea level rise when planning  current and future construction.

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