Hello all, quick update: the City Tree Division is closed for the holidays until Wednesday, January 2, so no tree removal permit can be issued before that time and the comment period remains open.
Shall repost all the city contact info, the petition link, and the information regarding the permit appeal process in the next day or two; each of these is already posted in various locations on this page but one needs to scroll a bit to find them -- apologies, that is the nature of Facebook.
Lastly a reminder regarding the public nature of this issue, and of this site. Many strong supporters of the trees in Dimond are children, and this Facebook page is open to the world. Please everyone help us keep the tone and language here such that it is appropriate for all. Thank you, more soon.
In response to multiple queries, those tents etc. that appeared this weekend are unrelated to those of us who have been working extremely hard to save the native trees of Dimond Park. Also, while the people involved have appropriated wordings from our website for their own ends, we have no part in this.
While we respect the love and passion that so many have shown for our native trees, pitching tents and handing out stream-of-consciousness flyers in a beloved ...public park is not the way to ensure their survival. This is a public park, in a busy urban area, beloved by moms in strollers, people out walking their dogs, and folks doing Tai Chi in the misty dawn. It must remain clean, litter-free, and, above all, safe.
The surreal proposal by the City of Oakland to cut down our native redwoods, oaks, and other trees is already doomed to fail on factual, legal, and above all, ethical grounds. We don't harpoon whales any more; we don't shoot buffalo; and we don't cut down redwoods in public parks. There is no need for encampments.
Further, the red tags on the trees slated for destruction have performed a vital public service, in that they have -- very belatedly -- alerted the public to the true scope of what the City and FOSC propose here. It is vital that they remain in place, and it is legally required that they do so.
Those of us who support saving our trees regularly post flyers and put red flagging around the trees slated for destruction, to apprise the public as to what is about to happen. Other than picking up litter, pulling ivy from the trees, and replacing rain-damaged flyers that we ourselves have posted, we do not remove anything.
If you notice anyone removing these official City tags from the trees, camping in the park, or otherwise behaving in a fashion that concerns you, please immediately call the Oakland Police Nonemergency number at (510) 777-3333.
In the event of anything that seems to be of greater concern, the Oakland cell phone emergency number is (510) 777-3211. This is a good number for all we residents of Oakland to have pre-programmed into our phones.
In other news, the tree-felling comment period remains open on a day-to-day basis.
Thank you all, more soon.