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Glendale Residents Angered After City Chops Down Trees

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Published on Mar 13, 2012

KCAL Report by Rachel Kim:

PLEASE HELP US SAVE OUR TREES!

CITY OF GLENDALE TO DESTROY UP TO 21 TREES ON 2 BLOCKS OF CANOPYED BRUCE AVE.

RESIDENT AND FORMER L.A. DEPUTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY, ANTHONY PATCHETT FILES COMPLAINT WITH THE D.O.J. CLAIMING CITY IS MIS-APPROPRIATING FEDERAL A.D.A. FUNDS TO PAY FOR THE DEMOLITIONS.

CITY TO HOLD SPECIAL COMMUNITY MEETING, THURSDAY, MARCH 15TH AT THE
VERDUGO HILLS COUNCIL / BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA AUDITORIUM 1325 GRANDVIEW AVENUE GLENDALE, CA 91201 AT 6:30PM.

FIFTY ANGRY RESIDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO DEMAND EXPLANATION AND QUESTION REPORTS BY THE CITY ARBORIST ON HOW VERY HEALTHY-LOOKING TREES CAN BE "DYING." MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND.

Link to 3/12/12 story on KCAL: http://tinyurl.com/7uog5ww

BACKSTORY: Mid-February, Bruce Avenue residents woke up to the sounds of chainsaws as the City of Glendale cut down FIVE trees. Residents urgently called for a halt and an explanation. Trees all along the street were spray-painted by the City Arborist with large "Y"s "N"s and "M"s for YES, NO, and MAYBE respectively as designates as to which tree gets axed.

After public pressure, and under the direction of the Mayor and some City Council Members, the Director of Public Works, Mr. Stephen Zurn, stopped all work on Bruce Ave. until a third-party arborist can assess the street and a community meeting could be held to explain the results of the assessments.

A resident witnessed the third party arborist's (Jan C. Scow) inspection and was astonished how the City's arborist was intimidating him by closely following along and taking dozens of pictures.

Residents gathered close to 70 signatures pleading for the City to stop the slaughter of the trees which was presented to the City Council 2/28/12.

Resident, Michael Klein was refused access to the arborists' reports until he demanded them at the 2/28/12 City Council Meeting. Reports are available now online here: http://www.ci.glendale.ca.us/public_w....

In an email to resident, Cheryl Choe, Mr. Zurn apologized for the lack of communication by the City. The email also explained that the trees were dying from "age related decline" and promised more information at the March 16th meeting.

The large majority of the trees in question are Camphor Trees, which are NOT protected under the city's "Indigenous Tree Program. "

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