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Grandfather in existing traffic circle trees!

This petition had 685 supporters

In December of 2015, a lawsuit was filed against the city of Berkeley. A pedestrian was injured in a collision at an intersection with a traffic circle containing a tree. The pedestrian and driver were both on their phones and the driver admitted that the sun was in her eyes. On August 8, 2018 the city settled for $2.15 million rather than go to trial agreeing that the tree was at fault. This caused the city of Berkeley to notify neighbors of a new ordinance requiring no vegetation in traffic circles to exceed 2.5 feet. After a year of deliberations between the mayor's appointed residents and city staff, the city staff announced that they were still recommending the removal of all trees in traffic circles around Berkeley.

With your help, we need to demand that the City Council and Mayor “grandfather” all existing trees in Berkeley traffic circles and adopt the commission-developed policy for ongoing traffic circle upkeep. As Berkeley residents, we take pride in our forward environmental thinking. It is the residents that maintain these 62 circles at no cost to the city over the past decades. There is no fact-based evidence that appropriately maintained trees cause visibility or safety issues. So let's preserve our traffic circle trees and preserve our beautiful neighborhoods.

Actions you can take:

1.) Sign this online petition and send the link to friends and colleagues.

2.) Attend the Tue.Nov.12, 2019 4:00pm City Council Meeting, 1231 Addison Street, to show Council  members, the Mayor and City staff that you care about saving trees, not cutting them down.

3.) Write or call your council member, all the council members (, the Mayor and the City staff expressing your support for saving the trees;

4.) Help spread the news that TREES could be CUT DOWN anytime after Tuesday November 12th.

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