Doesn’t pass the smell test
EDITOR: Jason, thanks for your very well-written and presented article about the recent concern over the ginkgo at the Plaza (“City in a Stink Over Plaza ‘Poop’ Trees,” Feb. 2).
While the argument for future planting of such trees on City land is worth a debate, I agree.
Yet, I question the fiscal and practical aspect of tearing down some really lovely trees just because some people don’t like the smell or the mess.
If that is their only reason and the criteria for tearing down a magnificent tree, then most trees in any urban landscape, would have to go. The loss of those trees would leave some very noticeable gaps in the vegetation outline along the Plaza footprint.
Also, in terms of clean up and maintenance, all trees have some sort of maintaining. How are the three ginkgo trees at the Plaza more of a burden or hardship than any others? What about that mighty Eucalyptus at the Plaza that sheds and gives off smells too?
How did these ginkgo trees suddenly become a burden when they have been at the Plaza for generations?
What about the water that will be needed for new trees? Is not Sonoma drought conscious? Saplings typically require lots of attention, including extra water, etc.
What took decades to grow, will now have to be repeated, regardless of the species of tree. If one is looking at this from a cost and environmental point of view, then tearing them out seems a waste. It also seems contrary to Sonoma’s fiscal and environmental committments, as well as its historical integrity.
And, if this is all just a clever bureaucratic way of getting some tree removal crews a job via subcontract, that is only temporary – why not keep them and have those tree crews on a regular basis? That way, they have a job and people get to enjoy the shade and beauty of some trees that took decades to grow. Trees make the Plaza beautiful. The Plaza is what brings tourists to the area. I hope City Council sees and understands that fact.
I happened to see on the web that there is info both praising the tree and viewing it as one tree which should be planted only in moderation. No doubt, there will be follow up on this issue. Thanks again for your article.
Here’s to our health!
EDITOR: At last Thursday’s Sonoma Valley Healthcare District board meeting, the directors approved a formal alliance and collaboration with UCSF (“Sonoma Hospital to Affiliate with UCSF,” Feb. 6).
The combination of UCSF, a world class health care provider, with Sonoma Valley Hospital, our wonderful local community hospital, is extremely significant!
This will expand the offerings available to us locally while ensuring we have access to the best and brightest professionals in health care.
My hat is off to the SVH board and management for taking the initiative to ensure we continue to grow our health care offerings and capabilities… and now available in our own backyard!
The prospect of collaborating with UCSF makes our local hospital even more deserving of our support. This thinking outside the box is indicative of the progressive leadership in place! The critical SVH Emergency Room and now the UCSF alliance and collaboration is key for keeping our community healthy and well served.