Court battle ends tree dispute

A towering Monterey Pine tree in a wealthy San Francisco neighborhood has to go, an appeals court ruled.


National News

September 24, 2021 - 4:03 PM

Smoke fills the sky in the Sequoia National Forest above a giant sequoia on the Windy fire near the Tule River Reservation on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021 in Sequoia National Forest, CA. (Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tall trees are venerated across California, but one towering Monterey Pine at the center of a heated dispute in San Francisco’s wealthiest neighborhood has to go, according to an appeals court ruling this week.

A state appeals court on Wednesday ordered a couple in the hilltop Pacific Heights neighborhood to remove the tree, which is at least 32 feet tall. A neighbor argued the tree was blocking her view of the San Francisco Bay and other city landmarks, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. 

The neighbor is an 81-year-old woman who had moved into the San Francisco home with her now-deceased husband in 1976. When the couple “saw the magnificent views, they were sold,” said Barri Bonapart, the woman’s lawyer. 

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