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Re: “War of the Primroses

The old news is that the City of Oakland has a pathetic history of failing to enforce mitigation measures for projects such as this one, and the plants and animals are the ones that suffer. The City refused to consider past impacts to the species when it approved this project, even ignoring two previous projects (The Oakland Hills Tennis Club and the Sunrise Assisted Living Facility) that have implemented none of the required long-term mitigation measures to ensure the continued existence of this very rare and endangered plant. Presidio clarkia occupy less that five acres of serpentine habitat in the entire world. In the Oakland hills it occupies less than two acres. A restored serpentine habitat would represent a far safer habitat than the human modified habitats currently found in the hills. I would be more than happy to take dto510 on a tour and show him the massive patch of French broom that was required to be removed at Sunrise, both to protect the endangered species, and to reduce the fire hazard (it can be seen quite clearly on Google Earth). The project was approved in 1997 with the requirement that the plan to maintain the site be prepared before the grading permit was issued. The City cannot produce the plan and the broom continues to thrive, threatening the continued existence of Presidio clarkia and the safety of the facility.

Posted by Ralph Kanz on 06/27/2007 at 1:13 PM

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