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R&B being sued by county over trees

The Bee reports this morning that Reynen & Bardis is being sued by Sacramento County for its failure to replace 500 mature trees it cut down to make way for houses in the community.

From the story:

William Burke, deputy county counsel, said Sacramento County's lawsuit was filed after several years in which Reynen & Bardis failed to meet agreed-upon deadlines for compliance.

"The county feels like we have to take action because we've been negotiating with them for several years now, and Reynen & Bardis has basically walked away from negotiations," Burke said.  "They're not communicating with the county at this point."

R&B referred questions to a spokesperson who was on vacation and couldn't be reached.

See the full story here.

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Marklin Brown's picture
Joined: 08/12/2007
Posts: 196
Trees

It is clearer all the time why there is a lack of interest about the trees and possibly the RM environment when you consider the overwhelming response about the cable problem.

Andy Keyes's picture
Joined: 08/22/2007
Posts: 289
The Trees vs Cable petition?

I really dont get the connection but here is my four cents.  The cable issue is about changing the control of what is a luxury to being optional.  The tree issue seems to be something everyone is willing to point a finger, sue, and complain about but no one seems willing to go the distance and just start planting trees.  R and B should be pursued for breach of contract but folks, this is our community and it needs our help.  Should we as a community sit back and not do anything or pick a shovel and start digging?

Marklin Brown's picture
Joined: 08/12/2007
Posts: 196
Trees

I'm planting trees.

I find this amusing, all things considered;

 

http://www.rbcommunities.com/index.cfm?pageid=571

 

Pamela Haines's picture
Joined: 12/10/2007
Posts: 23
Pamela Haines "The tree

Pamela Haines

"The tree issue seems to be something everyone is willing to point a
finger, sue, and complain about but no one seems willing to go the
distance and just start planting trees."

Believe me, there have been community organization efforts (Kiwanis and Boy Scouts) to help RMA maintenance and the Sacramento Tree Foundation to plant mitigation trees in the Rancho Murieta common area.

The mitigation trees (there are only 11 acceptable varieties) must be "stewarded" for 3 - 5 years. That means watering, weeding, staking, protecting from young bucks rubbing the velvet off their antlers, etc.

Not only that, there have been community members with "juice" that objected to the location of the planting of the mitigation trees - it interrupted their view. Hmmm.

In other words, planting mitigation trees for future generations (not the quick growing, pretty "developer" trees) takes a long term commitment and cooperation with RMA maintenance.

I would cooperate!!!

I helped establish the Calero Lake Honor and Memorial Grove which was established in 2001. Those slow growing Valley oaks planted as seedlings are now about knee high, surrounded by deep mulch to keep the weeds down. There's a memorial bench at the tip of the peninsula where the boy scouts and Kiwanis members have held the Memorial Day flag retirement ceremonies for the last several years.

Calero Park is an incredible location with a view across the water to the snow capped Sierra. Calero Park is owned and controlled by RMA and is designated as a "passive park" (no irrigated grass or lighted ball fields). The developers wanted to make it a vineyard with a winery. I'm glad that marketing dream was squelched.

Arbor day is Friday, April 25th. Who is interested in furthering this tree planting project?

 

 

Pamela Haines

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Posts: 196
Trees

I hope to follow in your footsteps. I know the place and I go there often to appreciate, for myself, and for those who have passed on in my life who, I hope, can see through my eyes.

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