Controversial redwood tree cut down in SJ

May 6, 2010 1:33:34 PM PDT
In San Jose Thursday morning, arborists are cutting down one of two redwood trees that have been the subject of a big fight.

The one tree being removed is just feet from the YMCA building on Quito Road. A structural engineer and an arborist have determined the tree is diseased and must come down immediately -- so that it doesn't topple onto the building.

But, several YMCA members and preservationists spent weeks fighting the decision -- believing neither tree poses a safety hazard.