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House saved from disaster

Part 2: Fallen tree, refi money help wake up city officials

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(Part 2 of a two-part series. See Part 1.) At first, David Zicarelli and Ginny Troyer knew nothing about the contentious history of their lovely trees. "We had no idea what we were getting into," Zicarelli explained. It was only after the family had moved in and they began to read articles about the dangers of living under blue-gum eucalyptus trees and speaking to neighbors about their experiences with their eucs that they became nervous. "One neighbor of ours had a eucalyptus fall from the impact of the Blue Angel passing overhead," Zicarelli told me during a survey of his property with his landscape architect, Steve McGuirk, who specializes in native plants and environmental consulting. "It wasn't even windy." Their next-door neighbor, poet Robert Sward, became a vociferous enemy of the eucalyptus in 1996 after his wife witnessed a euc falling from Zicarelli and Troyer's property and almost hitting an adjacent PG&E (Pacific Gas & Electric) transfer station. Without getting...