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Even drought-tolerant trees die in San Diego

Hopefully nobody is planting more eucalyptus here. It's hard to believe how protective HOA's and "arborists" are of other peoples' eucalyptus. Nobody who looks out their window at a 30 year old, 80--90 ft. eucalyptus swaying and listing about four or five feet from your home, in a small piece of earth cares about keeping eucalyptus trees, I promise. Both trees have even less "earth" now as STUPID decision makers, (board members) manager and moneymaking landscapers dug up lots of roots to widen some sidewalks and then more to save a few dollars lawn watering pipe. Didn't matter that a highly qualified expert cerfified arborist, in his independent report, advised manager to reduce heavy and unsupported limbs from that tree and one across from it right away in fall 2014. The highly specialized report couldn't be more clear about those being two of the most hazardouis of about 200, therefore '14, with less hazardous trees for '15 and '16. Nope, because our "tree service" guy instead "had no issue with" those eucalyptus trees he gave us his schedule for '14, '15 & '16 that ignored those and about five other giant, eucalyptus, taking his $32 to $36,000 a year trimming, thinning, and pruning pepper trees, magnolias and liquid ambers. Of course greedy decision makers (board members) don't live right next to the old overgrown eucalyptus' so they'll let the trees fall or "whatever" even if they crush and destroy two buildings that house a total of 56 units rather then spend their/our money earmarked again for excessive, wasteful landscaping, $13,000 flower beds and always more grass. I attended the San Diego Urban Canopy session to learn about our urban tree needs, and I love trees. But while this dumb bunch won't get rid of the "shadeless", failing eucalyptus trees that will fall, they will get rid of nice small trees, the kind we need, so landscapers can rplant labor intensive flower beds to get more money from us doing the picky garden work. I am so ashamed to live at Point Loma Tennis Club where conspicuous consumption rules. Watch these fools to call the falling trees "an act of God" when it happens; they'll blame God.
— December 22, 2016 8:07 a.m.

Should Mayor Filner resign?

This story that really concerns city workers most doesn't address the large number of federal civil service workers here who don't get EEOC rights that are given to all other workers. San Diego does have an EEOC field office here which is part of the Los Angeles Regional office. So all workers in San Diego with EEOC complaints can go directly to the field office here to file their complaints which can include reams of paper in the form of exhibits. All except for federal workers in San Diego. Such complaints of federal workers are made to the Los Angeles Regional Office's Supervisor judge who then assigned them to the San Diego field office judge for federal complaints. That judge was removed or pulled from our regional office here around January of 2013, before the sequester. The cases were assigned to a judge up in LA. This is a hardship for federal workers here who now must send all documents to LA at high cost. Also one will never see the judge in LA who, I say, resents San Diego federal workers and/or their cases. I brought this to my Congresswoman's attention over a period of time ending around Feb. 2013 when I was finally convinced Susan Davis does not care a fig about an individual San Diego federal worker's rights (and likely not for San Diego federal workers' rights' as a whole if work is required from her). I am now in the 52nd district and hope my new Congressman will care or do more than just cop out but really, I wish San Diego federal workers will consider this situation and ask why. Why are the city workers whose pensions are going to soak all of us who own property here forever now suddenly so important to the whole country? Why, because of sex? What about federal workers who suffer discrimination, age, sexism, retaliation, ADA, and racism violations on-the-job here? Does Gloria Allred come forward and offer pro bono help for us? No way, nor can a worker here afford any of the local attorneys to represent them against say SSA or other agencies, especially if still employed! That compounded with not having a single judge assigned to take federal workers' cases here in San Diego at the EEOC field office here downtown makes federal workers the least significant of all workers in San Diego city, county and region. Don't rely on me, check it out for yourself. If you realize what a hardship this is (before you might need EEOC as a federal worker--hopefully you won't) please contact your congress rep or your senator and see if we can get a judge in San Diego at EEOC who will handle the cases of San Diego's federal employees.
— July 25, 2013 8:43 a.m.

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