Ash tree falls into Christesen's sign in downtown Pleasanton

City officials: Root failure 'uncommon' with this tree type

Overnight or early Tuesday morning, a city-owned Modesto ash tree fell onto the sign above Christesen's western apparel shop in downtown Pleasanton.

The tree was previously located along Main Street between Blue Agave and Christesen's, and has since been removed by the city.

City officials say that the cause of the fall appears to be a root failure, adding that this is uncommon for a Modesto ash tree and that previous inspections did not show any issues with the tree.

The tree broke the upstairs window to the store's storage space, but did not otherwise affect the operations of Christesen's.

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Posted by Grapevines
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on May 16, 2018 at 7:00 am

Grapevines is a registered user.

Oh wow. Glad it didn’t fall on anyone or fo more damage!

Is there a wide angle photo of the fallen tree?

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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown
on May 17, 2018 at 8:33 am

One reason these things happen is the insane policy of the City about not allowing ANY pruning or cutting of a "heritage" tree. I have one of these in my yard on the street median and the City threatened to fine me if I had my certified arborist prune it. Instead they placed cables between some branches and one huge one has already fallen down, taking most of my fence and barely missing my house. The City had to pay to fix everything. I had offered to pay for the pruning and they planned to fine me so this is the result.

I had a sequoia in the five foot wide side yard, stupidly planted by the former owner. I was only able to cut it down after getting the fire marshall to tag it as a fire hazard. The tree overhung my roof, including completely covering the furnace vent. This City has too many rules and no common sense.

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