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Bloom is off the rose for public garden at Feinstein mansion [California]
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/05/28/BAGLSJ3NM11.DTL&feed=rss.bayarea ^ | May 28, 2006 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross

Posted on 05/28/2006 9:53:07 AM PDT by ncountylee

Sen. Dianne Feinstein and her mega-millionaire husband, Dick Blum, have a bit of fence mending to do with their soon-to-be neighbors in San Francisco's Gold Coast.

It seems that workers remodeling the Pacific Heights mansion that the couple just bought leveled all the green in the adjoining public garden -- without the city's approval.

And not just any green -- we're talking about a Tivoli-style garden just off the front entrance of the couple's $16.5 million abode, which sits at the foot of Vallejo Street, between the Presidio and some of the city's most posh residences.

The garden is actually part of the city-owned Lyon Street steps -- a favorite of joggers, walkers and tourists looking for a picture-postcard view, and even for teenagers looking to sneak a late-night drink or two.

steps' proximity to the house is a bit of a landscape oddity, and even some Feinstein friends questioned the couple's decision to buy the property.

But the real oddity came two weeks ago when, without warning, a landscaping crew showed up and ripped out the garden -- plants, hedges and all. When they were done, nothing remained but the dirt.

Even city officials were caught off guard.

"Any removal of plant material in a public right-of-way needs to be run through us for approval, and that wasn't done in this case,'' said Paul Sacamano, head of the Public Works Department's urban forestry division.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: elites; feinstein; hypocrites; leftists; liberals; richardblum; sanfrancisco; sf
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1 posted on 05/28/2006 9:53:10 AM PDT by ncountylee
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To: ncountylee
Check the status of the landscaping crew. Feinstein loves illegal aliens almost as much as the communist Chinese who, indirectly, bought the house for her.
2 posted on 05/28/2006 9:53:42 AM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: ncountylee
I could have used it. "Now I have to do a whole new sprinkler system."

It's all about Dianne.

3 posted on 05/28/2006 9:57:44 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: ncountylee

Sounds like this is going to fall under 'It's easier to beg forgiveness than ask permission'.


4 posted on 05/28/2006 9:57:56 AM PDT by AprilfromTexas
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To: ncountylee
"Some security is obviously important, and yet we want to do it in a way that it doesn't take away" from the public space, Feinstein said.

No "virtual" fence Feinstein, she values her security and safety (has a rare CA CCW). The hypocrisy never ends.

5 posted on 05/28/2006 9:58:54 AM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: ncountylee

$50 says the landscaping crew is all criminal, illegal aliens.


6 posted on 05/28/2006 9:59:14 AM PDT by butternut_squash_bisque (The recipe's at my FR HomePage. Try it!)
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To: ncountylee

She's above the law, doncha know...who CARES if she destroyed a PUBLIC GARDEN!!! sarc/


7 posted on 05/28/2006 9:59:27 AM PDT by Suzy Quzy ("When Cabals Go Kaboom"....upcoming book on Mary McCarthy's Coup-Plotters.)
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To: ncountylee
And the couple were actually working up plans to give the area a total makeover -- including putting up a gate and fence around the Lyon Street entrance.

Riiiiiight ... we're fencing it in for the good of the people. And who, pray tell, will have the keys to that gate? Sounds to me like DiFi is simply "reclaiming" part of her front yard. Let's have some mixed use housing in that area and move a few of SanFran's urban outdoorsmen into the park.

8 posted on 05/28/2006 10:00:10 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("Too soon to remember??? How about TOO SOON TO FORGET!" from Mr. Silverback)
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To: AprilfromTexas

MAKE THEM PAY TO PUT IT BACK JUST AS IT WAS!!


9 posted on 05/28/2006 10:00:37 AM PDT by Suzy Quzy ("When Cabals Go Kaboom"....upcoming book on Mary McCarthy's Coup-Plotters.)
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To: Suzy Quzy
Sounds like the liberals in San Fran are all alike. Remember this from just yesterday??

JUDGE PAYS FOR CUTTING TREES

10 posted on 05/28/2006 10:00:59 AM PDT by Hildy ("Whenever someone smiles at me all I see is a chimpanzee begging for its life." - Dwight Schrute)
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To: ncountylee
I guess San Francisco didn't get the memo that says members of congress aren't required to follow laws like the common man. I guess Hastert will have to make a call...
11 posted on 05/28/2006 10:05:01 AM PDT by apillar
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To: All

Limousine liberals don't have to abide by the rules.


12 posted on 05/28/2006 10:05:19 AM PDT by Signalman
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To: ncountylee
They did not change the landscape. They are modifying a riparian zone for the enhancement of the envioronment, silly.

So it's ok.

13 posted on 05/28/2006 10:08:02 AM PDT by llevrok (Stop the Latin Insurgents !!!)
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To: NonValueAdded; Suzy Quzy
Feinstein's (and Bloom's) net worth has gone from around a half million to about a Billion dollars, largely from the ChiComs, while she has been in the Senate.

What are the odds of this occurring had she not been a Senator?

14 posted on 05/28/2006 10:08:37 AM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: ncountylee

this is just sickening.. something Hillary would do as well.. they're all cut from the same cloth


15 posted on 05/28/2006 10:08:39 AM PDT by Cinnamon
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To: ncountylee
The uber-rich Sen. Feinstein rips up green, city-owned open space to benefit her own property? Typical liberal hypocrisy.

By the way, my definition of environmentalism: urban liberals imposing their morality on rural conservatives.

16 posted on 05/28/2006 10:08:48 AM PDT by stillonaroll
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To: ncountylee
"Any removal of plant material in a public right-of-way needs to be run through us for approval, and that wasn't done in this case,'' said Paul Sacamano, head of the Public Works Department's urban forestry division.

Nobody, however, was more surprised than the senator herself.

"I went ballistic,'' Feinstein told us. "I didn't want to take it out. ... I could have used it.

"Now I have to do a whole new sprinkler system."

NO NOT A NEW SPRINKLER SYSTEM?????

DAMN YOU ILLEGALS ALL TO HELL!!!!!!

17 posted on 05/28/2006 10:09:08 AM PDT by Bommer (Attention illegals: Why don't you do the jobs we can't do? Like fix your own countries problems!)
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To: ncountylee

"Feinstein's (and Bloom's) net worth has gone from around a half million to about a Billion dollars, largely from the ChiComs, while she has been in the Senate."

Would you provide some background or links on this? I'm curious. TIA


19 posted on 05/28/2006 10:10:44 AM PDT by KamperKen
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To: ncountylee

Feinswine is above the law. Ask Denny Hastert.


20 posted on 05/28/2006 10:11:31 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: ncountylee

My favorite part was the notion that Blum and her are married. Uhm yeah. On paper they are and that's about as far as that goes.


21 posted on 05/28/2006 10:13:41 AM PDT by SideoutFred (Save us from the Looney Left)
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To: ncountylee
It seems that workers remodeling the Pacific Heights mansion that the couple just bought leveled all the green in the adjoining public garden -- without the city's approval.

Here is what happened in Seattle in such a case:

Judge pays off $618,000 for cutting park's trees(9th circuit)

22 posted on 05/28/2006 10:14:37 AM PDT by Polybius
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To: KamperKen
Try Dog pile (stopped using Google) or Wikipedia on hubby, Richard Bloom.
23 posted on 05/28/2006 10:15:48 AM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: KamperKen

Sorry, Richard Blum.


24 posted on 05/28/2006 10:16:40 AM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: Polybius
And did they file an environmental impact assessment.

AND impact on global warming.

Don't forget the dotted snail darter, and the hairy red legg frog.

Can some enterprising freeper dump a jumping mouse carcase on the property....?

25 posted on 05/28/2006 10:18:55 AM PDT by spokeshave (I'd rather go hunting with Dick Cheney than drive over a bridge with Ted Kennedy)
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To: ncountylee
"Any removal of plant material in a public right-of-way needs to be run through us for approval, and that wasn't done in this case,'' said Paul Sacamano, head of the Public Works Department's urban forestry division.

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Approval? Feinswine and other limousine liberals don't need no steenkin' approval!
26 posted on 05/28/2006 10:20:16 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Never trust Democrats with national security.)
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To: ncountylee

Thanks. I'll start digging around. From your experience, is this something that Google is also censoring?


27 posted on 05/28/2006 10:20:25 AM PDT by KamperKen
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To: NonValueAdded

Let's have some mixed use housing in that area and move a few of SanFran's urban outdoorsmen into the park.

**
That's a great idea! Maybe some SanFran Freepers can rent a van and move some in there.


28 posted on 05/28/2006 10:22:01 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Never trust Democrats with national security.)
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To: nutmeg

limousine liberal FYI


29 posted on 05/28/2006 10:24:15 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Never trust Democrats with national security.)
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To: ncountylee

There is something so very Marie Antoinette, 'let them eat cake'-ish about this situation. She clear-cuts a public garden and her response is "or bother, now I'll have to replace the sprinkler system". That is just plain weird.


30 posted on 05/28/2006 10:26:03 AM PDT by 6SJ7
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To: ncountylee

If you go to www.dogpile.com. it tells you at the top of the page that Dogpile is a combination of Google, Yahoo, Ask, and MSN. You're still using Google if you use Dogpile.


31 posted on 05/28/2006 10:26:57 AM PDT by Clara Lou (A conservative is a liberal who has been mugged by reality. --I. Kristol)
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To: KamperKen
From your experience, is this something that Google is also censoring?

NO, but I no longer trust Google. Blum was tight with Ron Brown and the Lippo Group also.

32 posted on 05/28/2006 10:27:31 AM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: Clara Lou
Oops. Do you have a recommendation?
33 posted on 05/28/2006 10:28:40 AM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: ncountylee

liberal hypocrite bump


34 posted on 05/28/2006 10:29:01 AM PDT by VOA
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To: ncountylee

I can't help there. I've been using Dogpile too until I realized it accessed Google.


35 posted on 05/28/2006 10:30:07 AM PDT by Clara Lou (A conservative is a liberal who has been mugged by reality. --I. Kristol)
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To: Clara Lou; ncountylee

Just using Google's search engine doesn't make them any money. You'd have to click on one of the links that appears on the right - the Sponsored Links - for Google to make any money off you using it.

So go ahead and search there to your heart's content.


36 posted on 05/28/2006 10:43:17 AM PDT by Xenalyte (Anything is possible when you don't understand how anything happens.)
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To: KamperKen
Can a FReeper stop by and get some photos so we can have the before and after shots? Not only the park, but also the house before and after the fence. Those pictures juxtaposed by the Mexico/US border pics could become famous.
37 posted on 05/28/2006 10:44:24 AM PDT by Paladin2 (If the political indictment's from Fitz, the jury always acquits.)
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To: ncountylee

Rules only apply to conservatives.


38 posted on 05/28/2006 10:50:04 AM PDT by rock_lobsta
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To: Paladin2

The link has before and today pictures.


39 posted on 05/28/2006 10:50:54 AM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: 6SJ7

She acts like the PUBLIC garden is hers..."oh it will look beautiful when we're done with it, have patience" Crap....it's a CITY OWNED GARDEN!!! Make her PAy to put it back EXACTLY like it was!!


40 posted on 05/28/2006 10:50:57 AM PDT by Suzy Quzy ("When Cabals Go Kaboom"....upcoming book on Mary McCarthy's Coup-Plotters.)
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To: 6SJ7

It;s NOT wierd...she's a LIAR!! They had this planned!!! And the worst part is that NOTHING will happen to her and sh'll be able to do ANYTHING she wants with CITY OWNED PROPERTY!!! OUTRAGE!!!


41 posted on 05/28/2006 11:01:51 AM PDT by Suzy Quzy ("When Cabals Go Kaboom"....upcoming book on Mary McCarthy's Coup-Plotters.)
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To: ncountylee


42 posted on 05/28/2006 11:07:46 AM PDT by Torie
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Well, isn't that just Fein-stein?

Do as I say, not as I do.

Does she know the federal judge with the Vietnamese gardener?


43 posted on 05/28/2006 11:09:06 AM PDT by David Allen (the presumption of innocence - what a concept!)
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To: Paladin2
Before

After

44 posted on 05/28/2006 11:10:23 AM PDT by debg
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To: Suzy Quzy

As an ex mayor I'm sure she knows where all the bodies are buried and she will get off by giving the city token compensation. But I agree, she probably had this planned, the details worked out and somehow she will end up as it's legal owner.


45 posted on 05/28/2006 11:12:13 AM PDT by tertiary01 (Obsessive Compulsive Thread Nannyism. I hope I don't catch it.)
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To: ncountylee
Bird's eye utility of the layout.
46 posted on 05/28/2006 11:17:27 AM PDT by Torie
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To: Torie

Thanks for posting the picture. She must have bought this very public house for fund-raising purposes. That's why the garden had to go...needed the space for people to mingle with their drinks and their checks.


47 posted on 05/28/2006 11:19:22 AM PDT by The Westerner
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To: Torie

By the way, you can drag the pictures on the utility with your mouse. Feinstein's house is above the house pictured.


48 posted on 05/28/2006 11:24:24 AM PDT by Torie
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To: ncountylee

I would like to know how many illegal aliens worked on this project.


49 posted on 05/28/2006 11:43:16 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Suzy Quzy
"She's above the law, doncha know...who CARES if she destroyed a PUBLIC GARDEN!!! sarc/"

I'm sure laws vary from state to state, but in most places the property owner still owns to the center of the road. A public "right of way" only covers the intended use of that right of way.

If it covers road traffic, phone and elec. lines, that is the limit of those public rights, you still own everything growing there, to do as you wish.
50 posted on 05/28/2006 11:58:33 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Juan Williams....The DNC's "Crash test Dummy" for talking points.)
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