Archive for June, 2010


We are on the eve of PG&E killing old growth oak trees in TJ Martin and Jeffrey Fontana Memorial Parks.  On Thursday, July 1st, PG&E will start phase one of what will eventually be the elimination of 140 trees in these two parks. This includes old growth native Oaks and large Sycamores. The Almaden community wants the public to be informed before it’s too late and PG&E literally decimates these two widely used parks.  Read the Press Release here.


We want to alert you that PG&E is going to cut the first 13 trees this Thursday, July 1st.   We believe that this will happen in the morning.  Don’t expect to see PG&E trucks.  They probably have contracted an independent company like Davey’s to actually do the cutting.

If you are on our contact list, you will be notified either by email, text message, or land line depending on what you requested.  Even if you did not respond to be contacted, we will send out an alert to the entire Friend’s google group when PG&E starts cutting trees Thursday morning.   We will convene at Tree 13 near the corner of Castello Drive and Golden Oak Way.  The media will also be contacted.

When contacted, please bring signs, cameras, camcorders, and digital video cameras.  Please invite friends and neighbors to join you.   It’s important we have a large number of people to make a strong statement to PG&E that cutting rather than pruning our trees is NOT acceptable.

Thank you ahead of time for your participation in our “The Bullies Are Back Protest”.  Bottled water will be available.

Jean LaMarca (268-0382)
On behalf of the T.J Martin/Jeffrey Fontana Parks Committee

Our response to PG&E’s destruction of our parks

Read our response to Edward Salas, PG&E’s representative.

PG&E to cut down 13 trees Thursday, July 1

PG&E will remove 13 of the most critical, high-risk trees and prune four others in TJ Martin and Fontana Parks. This work is slated for Thursday, July 1, 2010.  See attached.

Jean LaMarca asks more questions & gets some “answers”?

The following is a reconstruction of several emails received & sent by Jean LaMarca, Almaden Resident and Stephanie Holm, Policy Analyst for the Office of Councilmember Nancy Pyle.  I have taken the liberty of prefacing each party’s response with the first name of the person speaking to help avoid any confusion.

Why didn’t the City require an Environmental Study by PG&E?

In a letter to the city, Jean LaMarca asks why it’s been more than two months since they received Stacey E. Winters’ letter and none of these federal and state regulations have been specifically addressed by the City to the community.  Jean’s letter

“What are you talking about? They’re nowhere near the lines!”

South San Jose residents fight plans to ax trees in park

Stephen Baxter of the San Jose Mercury News provided background material and updated the continuing work of the Save Our Park Trees group.

PG&E to remove 14 Trees!

Here are photos of the 14 trees that PG&E wants to remove by the end of June 2010

“Pyle seems to forget who she works for” says Pete Constant

Pete Constant, San Jose City Councilman, District 1’s  June 15th letter to the San Jose Mercury News

Almaden Lake fund raising? What happened to saving the trees?

Here’s Councilwoman Nancy Pyle’s pie chart that was included in her June newsletter.  You would think we would get more attention than the fund raising for the Mercury filled Almaden Lake swim program, don’t you?!

City of San Jose Budget Document page 1

Budget Document page 2