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GARY HEIN, San Clemente

I am writing this regarding the initiation of the removal of all of the median trees on Calle Del Cerro. Because I am on our HOA Board and we are situated on Calle Del Cerro, I was contacting the city’s Public Works Department about the plan for this project, as I wanted our residents to be able to plan travels accordingly. 

First, I was notified on Oct. 14 that the project would start on Oct. 18, but they could not give me any plans for street diversion or closures, even after reminding them that was only four days in the future. Finally found out on Oct. 15 that it was delayed until the 25th.

After inquiring a number of times during that week, with no traffic information available, it was related that they would definitely start on Nov. 1, with work from Pico to Lifetime Fitness.  As that day approached, info was finally sent out, and I alerted our residents as to the first modus operandi. 

Maybe I am asking too much, as far as future planning for any complicated events. 

Enough whining—the reason I am writing this letter is to congratulate whomever developed the contract with this vendor, Mariposa Landscape, to remove the trees. They are doing a fantastic job, very efficient and nice cleanup each day.

I am very surprised as to the speed and safety, as they appear to be very professional with their demeanor and planning. I am sure they will have a comprehensive traffic plan, so I will be pestering the city for this ongoing project information.

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