Developer arrested after neighbor's trees illegally felled

Full story: Santa Cruz Sentinel

A luxury home developer faces felony charges after allegedly cutting down 49 trees on his neighbor's property without permission, giving his new ridgetop "chateau" an unobstructed view of the Monterey Bay coastline.

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JJJ

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$50000 or whatever wont put the tops back on 100 foot tall redwood trees, probably close to 100 years old..

selfish greed knows no bounds
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Date Event Price

Feb 11, 2009 Listed $2,695,000
Mar 06, 2009 Price Changed $2,595,000
Mar 19, 2009 Price Changed $2,495,000
Apr 21, 2009 Price Changed $2,395,000
Dec 08, 2009 Price Changed $1,999,000
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The property owner should be allowed to build a huge billboard. Paid for by the developer. With its lighted messages directed at the chateau ME.
Then lets see his new asking price.
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About 10 years ago near Twin Lakes Beach in Live Oak, Brezsny said, someone cut down his neighbors' massive eucalyptus trees in the middle of the night.

"As the story goes," Brezsny said, those neighbors "stood at the ocean, looked back to see which trees were cut down and could see who probably cut them down because it was the house whose view was most improved."
It's not the same thing! Eucalyptus trees are not a native species of trees. They are also a major fire hazard and go up in flames very quickly. Ban them all except in the zoos, which use them as feed for those Chinese panda bears.

What; no pictures of this clear cutting vandalism in Scoots Valley? That jerk killed a lot of native trees just for an ocean view. In that case, why not buy a house in Santa Cruz or Capitola?
Storey is a LOSER

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What a J_A_C_Kazz...hope he gets a HUGE fine and restitution...maybe replanting?
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I like the billboard idea!

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He just needed a toothpick ? P.O.S!
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john doe wrote:
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It's not the same thing! Eucalyptus trees are not a native species of trees. They are also a major fire hazard and go up in flames very quickly. Ban them all except in the zoos, which use them as feed for those Chinese panda bears.
What; no pictures of this clear cutting vandalism in Scoots Valley? That jerk killed a lot of native trees just for an ocean view. In that case, why not buy a house in Santa Cruz or Capitola?
Why would it matter if it was a eucalyptus or not? It still wasn't their tree to cut.

I am wondering why nobody noticed this before so many trees were cut?
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Had to have known the consequences. The future financial benefits outweigh a little slap on the hand. Lower prop owner should replant at developers expense.
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To go on someone else's land cut down 49 trees, and then request a public defender takes some serious b*lls, when you have a house for multi-million dollars. I hope Storey's Image is ruined in this town. Chateu Petit de Santa Cruz, what an original name......I think it should be Chateau eu de cutting Neighbors trees for a better view. You gotta love greed and quick fixes.
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As I recalll, some ten or twenty years ago there was a problem in France. The Loire chateux, former country lodges of the nobility, were being rented out to rich people from other (non-European) countries. The rich renters would strip the artwork and sculpture off the wall, sell the stuff back in the home country, then leave the place like it had been inhabited by a drunken rock band.
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Wow wrote:
To go on someone else's land cut down 49 trees, and then request a public defender takes some serious b*lls, when you have a house for multi-million dollars.
He's probably mortgaged up the wazoo, has taken more money out of the house than he can get for it, and has a negative net worth if everything was liquidated. More than a few people in nice cars with nice haircuts are in that boat these days. Some agent probably told him he could get $200K more for the house if the trees were gone, so he spent the money (or the agent did). But he's most likely flat-busted on cash now, and that's why he went to the PD.

He's tellng himself that if he makes this sale he'll get out from under and everything will be swell again. He's wrong.
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That property will forever be cursed by this bad ju-ju. I hope the selfish jerk loses it to foreclosure.
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But Brezsny said that is not a trend, even among those desperate to boost property values amid foreclosures and falling housing prices. Instead, he said, the trend lies with those "on the lowest end of the foreclosure market" who strip the fixtures before they leave and resell them on the classified Web site Craigslist.

Yes, don't panic. It's not the wealthiest people who are consistently harming things, don't forget about the "lower end" who really have nothing to do with this story but are a good distraction. Wow, you never know what those POOR people are going to do.
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He cares not wrote:
Had to have known the consequences. The future financial benefits outweigh a little slap on the hand. Lower prop owner should replant at developers expense.
It's worse than that. Storey has civil liability of 3x the value of the trees he cut. There is no defense under the law. He owes it. He'll be required to pay it. It's over for him.
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Not uncommon is right. I live in a condo we purchased and the neighbor across the street decided to cut down, hack up a tree in broad daylight that obstructed his view. The poor tree had a flat top and looked like a pathetic attempt at a ghoul. The neighbor's name is Walt and he felt despite my argument, the tree sits at the front of the complex, that he was within his right as someone years ago had allowed him to top it. No questions to those of us that know lived and owned the units.
Walt, I should have pressed charges...

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The undeveloped property sounds like a great location for a hog farm.

Maybe a good place to store some old broken down cars and pickups too.
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john doe wrote:
Eucalyptus trees are not a native species of trees. They are also a major fire hazard and go up in flames very quickly. Ban them all except in the zoos, which use them as feed for those Chinese panda bears.
Just by the way, eucalyptus are native to Australia where koala bears feed on them. Pandas eat bamboo.

I hope Judge Marigonda gives Mr. Storey the maximum year in state prison and $50,000 fine pursuant to Penal Code section 594(b)(1):

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode...

And it sounds like he did it twice.
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WHY did the DARLING HOUSE on West Cliff get to cut down the tree in their view!!!!

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