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Neighbor forced to cut down 2 huge trees to give John Olerud a better view of Seattle. [View all]

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I just happened on this story, and it really made me angry. The video at the 3rd link of Olerud presenting his case was like the icing on the cake. Money can buy just about everything.

http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2020389113_treecuttingloxml.html?prmid=obinsource

The story is almost apologetic and way too nice. The idea that neighbors can be forced to remove trees that block someone's view is ridiculous.


Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times Kevin Wells, from The Davey Tree Expert Co., works with a crew to remove a 50-year-old Chinese pine at the center of a legal fight between its owners, Bruce and Linda Baker, of Clyde Hill, and neighbors John and Kelly Olerud, who said it blocked their view.

A chain saw growled as, limb by limb, the foliage fell from Bruce and Linda Baker’s cherished Chinese pine.

Soon the crew went after the denuded trunk until it, too, was gone.

The rare pine was removed Tuesday by order of the Clyde Hill Board of Adjustment, which said it unreasonably obstructed the view from the nearby home of retired baseball star John Olerud and his wife, Kelly.

The Bakers decided last month not to appeal the ruling. The pine and a Colorado spruce will be replaced with smaller plants at the Oleruds’ expense.


Be sure to read the comments in the right column. I am not the only one this bothered.

I also saw this about the 50 year old Chinese Pine:

http://nosonicsarena.com/wp/?p=1488

Recent stories of John Olerud’s building a house in 2006, staying at his neighbor’s house for 8 months while his home is being built, and then waiting a few years before having the Clyde Hill Board of Adjustment vote 3-2 to condemn his neighbor’s decades-old trees as obstructing Olerud’s view have highlighted the different set of rules the wealthy live by.

Picture in your mind what an “obstructed view” looks like. Now take a look at what Olerud’s obstructed view of the Seattle skyline looks like. Hey Mr Golden Glove, if a single tree 100 ft away can “obstruct the skyline” it’s not a panoramic skyline view you’re looking at but only a “feature” on the horizon. You should have built your home on the West half of the lot, where your massive back yard is, if you intended to get a better angle on Seattle… and don’t give your neighbors to the East any ideas with those privacy hedges growing taller over the years.


And there is a news video at this link. The word "entitled" came to my mind.

http://www.komonews.com/sports/Mariner-great-Olerud-hits-home-run-in-battle-over-trees-177811571.html?tab=video&c=y

CLYDE HILL, Wash. -- Dozens of people packed Clyde Hill City Hall on Wednesday to fight for two trees, and the man they were fighting happens to be a former Seattle Mariner great.

John Olerud, the former Mariners first baseman, wants his neighbor to chop down a spruce and a Chinese pine to improve his own view and up the value of his $4 million home.

The neighbor trimmed one tree, but doesn't want to part with either of them.

...."They are not exempt from the view ordinance," Olerud said of the trees. "We have also established that these trees unreasonably obstruct our view, and we respectfully submit our complaint."


The first article as well as Olerud in the video use the term "unreasonably obstructed". How can a tree that is 5 decades old be an unreasonable obstruction when it was there first?

On Edit: Adding a picture of his "obstructed view".


The “evidence” of an obstructed view Olerud submitted. As shown in Komo4 story.

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