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December 28, 2004



Today's Sacramento Bee has an interesting editorial that asserts that the juicy state and local retirement benefits that were instituted in 1990 are not sustainable over the long term. Might make educational reading for those with budget responsibility. I am curious why out mayor is suddenly interested in Burlingame's trees though. He's certainly voted for enough tree-killer projects in his time, so I'm suspicious.


You are right, Al - that was a surprise to me. I wish the journalist had dug deeper and asked more questions - and received more answers - because the tree ordinance goal is an interesting one.

The "bad" prospects are horrendous - clear cutting El Camino eucalyptus, the Francard Grove, Safeway's oak tree?

The good prospects might be - as I read recently in another town - encouraging residents AND businesses to sponsor trees or "donate" a tree outside their homes and busineses. Something like that would almost get my vote!!

I was pleased to see a bench dedicated to our beloved Mrs. Barton and a new tree next to it in the High School Grounds.


I would like to get more information on his tree ordinance but our mayor bounces back my emails. It seems even as our new mayor he does not have courtesy or manners.


If the Bayfront becomes a Burlingame version of the Marina Shores development in Redwood City, I would encourage the council to remember Measure Q.

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