The Los Altos Hills County Fire District spent $22 million from 2003 to 2019 to cut down trees on private property at no cost to the property owners, and without necessarily reducing fire risk, according to a county audit of the district.
That included spending about $28,000 to remove 19 trees from a single-family home valued at more than $9 million, and more than $22,000 to remove 32 trees from a home worth nearly $7 million, the audit stated.
While state law allows …
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