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March 25, 2004



Actually, it probably isn't Safeway's fault, but our city's policies that are to blame. If the City Manager, and the politicians and department heads made it clear that there is clout behind the claim of being "The City of Trees," Safeway would probably have gotten off to a better start.

They should have been forced to integrate the old oak on Primrose into their plan in the first place. It is, in fact, in a perfect spot to become a courtyard and place of beauty. By showcasing the tree, they would have had a really special design, unique to our town and fitting naturally into the pedestrian environment guidelines that we already have.

It is as if we are constantly having to redefine ourselves, because the rules and guidelines aren't enforced by everyone involved. Are we a Tree City, or not?? It seems the rules are different, depending upon who the applicant is. I do not think it is justified for the city to force homeowners to prove beyond a doubt, need for removal of a tree, when corporations are allowed to remove them even for new construction, just because the tree is "in the way."A healthy, old tree can never really be replaced by planting young trees elsewhere on a property. Keeping our old trees must be a priority in all cases.

Our citizens need and deserve to feel that everybody is subject to the same scrutiny, regardless if homeowner or corporation and that nobody gets special favors.


You are right, Jenn, perhaps if there had been stronger leadership from our City Safeway would have been more creative with their plans. But would Safeway have listened? Our City leaders should enforce stronger guidelines for residents and big corporations. Especially those corporations who want to dump on 3.5 acres of prime Burlingame property.


It is much more simple - Safeway had three on the Council before the election who would have had said "yes" to any Safeway plan, one lost resoundingly and then there were two. Safeway misjudged the election. If they had read the tea leaves properly, they would have listened up and we would now be shopping at a spanking new Safeway - instead of Lunardi's and Mollie Stones!

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