I find it ironic that the eucalyptus trees next to the police station in Arroyo Grande have been removed. If I remember, a few years ago the South County Animal Hospital had wanted to remove the trees for its own expansion. The Planning Commission along with the City Council both struck them down, so in turn they had to move to another location. The city bought the property and now the trees are gone.
In the Sept. 14 article about the person wanting to remove a tree because of health issues, the city denied his request. In the story the two paragraphs below caught my eye — looks to me the city has changed precedents and again made a point of what is good for the city is not good for the people:
“The other council members sympathized with his situation but expressed concern that it would set a precedent for future tree removal requests. Trees can be removed if they are dead or in poor health without a chance of recovering; damaging private or public property; preventing construction or improvements on the property; or presenting a risk to public health and safety.”