The fate of a 90-year-old eucalyptus tree on the south side of Mesa Drive will be on the agenda at next week's City Council meeting. Mayor Pro Tem Robert E. McGowan said the council is expected to vote to save the tree even though its roots have overgrown, causing the pavement to buckle. "Once you take down that tree," McGowan said, "you'd have to take all the trees out along Mesa Drive. It would leave a big, barren hole on the street if we did."
The city engineer has been evaluating how to move traffic away from the tree by redrawing the street's center divider. That plan, however, would sacrifice parking spaces on the north side of the street. The council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in chambers, 17855 Santiago Blvd.