Brad Messer Commentary
8:15 a.m. Thursday, Mar. 13, 2003


Tree Rules

I would love to spring a pop quiz on all the city councilmen this morning.

What's in the new tree ordinance you're supposed to vote on this afternoon? Do we get stronger protection for big, old oak trees? Can a developer still bulldoze every tree, then make up for it by planting a few sticks?

If the councilmen failed the test, who could blame them?

The draft proposal wasn't made available until yesterday afternoon, and the council vote is scheduled for this afternoon.

Yes, the proposed Tree Rule is only a few pages long, but it's complicated and tricky. Everyone ought to have a few days, at least, to hear what various experts and special interests such as developers say about it. We need to hear all sides of the tree story and THEN have a vote.

If councilmen do consider it a few hours from now, will they really know whether the developers pulled another one on them? Or will everyone figure out the fine print later, like the last Police Union contract?

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.

At 3:43pm yesterday Mayor Ed Garza's communications assistant Steven Schauer emailed me the draft Tree Ordinance DRAFT.DOC

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