CORRECTION: The original version of this story stated that there was a “no-parking” sign informing Oakland residents about an East Bay Municipal Utility District pipeline replacement project, and that three trees were being removed to assist with the project. In fact, there are three “no-parking signs,” only one tree is being removed, and the tree removal is unrelated to the pipeline project, according to both Oakland and EBMUD officials. We have also updated the story with comment from the city.
OAKLAND, Calif. (KRON) — On Friday, Oakland residents found “no-parking” signs informing them about a plan to replace a city pipeline.
Residents weren’t happy about plans to cut down a 100-year-old Sycamore tree. Tree supporters were expected to rally at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday to gather petition signatures. The plan, according to a change.org petition, was to meet near the intersection of Kingston Avenue & Monte Vista Avenue. Community members have started asking people to sign to stop the cut-down.
Residents shared their feelings about the tree on the petition’s site. Many believe the tree is needed for the environment and because it’s a part of Oakland history.
So far, 484 people have signed. The goal posted online is set at 500 signatures. The city of Oakland stated it plans to remove the tree starting Monday.
KRON4 reached out to EBMUD and the city of Oakland, who both stated that the tree is being removed because it’s structurally unstable, and that this is unrelated to EBMUD’s pipeline replacement project.
“There are three trees on Kingston that have ‘no parking’ signs on them, but only one tree is being removed by city staff (Oakland Public Works),” Oakland Public Information officer Sean Maher stated in an email Monday. “An arboricultural inspector has inspected the tree, which has already had several limb failures, and determined that there is severe rot at the base. The tree will not survive, and could fail, which makes its removal necessary. Posting is required to notify the community that they cannot park where the work will be done.”
Maher also stated that “EBMUD is doing unrelated work in the area and is not involved in the tree issue.”
Supporters say the trees may be subjected to Oakland’s Protected Tree Ordinance, which can protect trees from being removed in the city.
The organizers of the petition could not be reached for comment.