Measure F, the "Tree Initiative" that is before the voters of San Clemente on Tuesday, is really a Pandora's Box--full of problems.
It embodies a philosophy of governmental intrusion into private lives and control of private property. In addition to encouraging confrontation, it would actually extend a controversy, with the government becoming a party to a "disagreement" between citizens over a private property matter.
By its own terms, Measure F automatically declares a tree to be a "public nuisance" whenever someone complains. That's all it takes. It's an indiscriminate "shotgun" approach.
Measure F applies to literally thousands of trees. Every privately owned tree that is greater than rooftop or 15 feet in height is a potential target.