I have not heard anything new as of this morning about the fate of the Arcadia Oak Woodland due to be demolished on Wednesday this week. I have a call in to Supervisor Antonovich’s office and I am waiting for a return call. Last I heard, on Friday, this item was not on the agenda for the Board of Supervisor’s meeting for tomorrow. However, when I contacted Gloria Molina’s office this morning (my own supe), I got the impression that this item had been added to tomorrow’s meeting agenda (it was not a firm confirmation, as they just referred me to Antonovich’s office).
I am planning to go to the meeting Tuesday morning and I am hoping that others will, too, and that just by showing up in large numbers it will draw enough attention to this important issue so that the board will have to take some action against the imminent and senseless destruction. I don’t yet know of any organized efforts for groups of oak supporters to attend the meeting or what might happen there.
If you are able to and want to come to the board meeting, here are the details:
Tuesday morning at 9:30 in Board’s Hearing Room at 500 West Temple, room 381B in the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration in Downtown Los Angeles. The meetings are open to the public.
I thought this was an appropriate time to post some language from LA County’s very own Oak Tree Ordinance which neatly sums up why the razing of these trees would be such a disaster. Emphasis in bold is my own:
COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES OAK TREE ORDINANCE
22.56.2050 Established — Purpose.
The oak tree permit is established (a) to recognize oak trees as significant historical, aesthetic and ecological resources, and as one of the most picturesque trees in Los Angeles County, lending beauty and charm to the natural and manmade landscape, enhancing the value of property, and the character of the communities in which they exist; and (b) to create favorable conditions for the preservation and propagation of this unique, threatened plant heritage, particularly those trees which may be classified as heritage oak trees, for the benefit of current and future residents of Los Angeles County. It is the intent of the oak tree permit to maintain and enhance the general health, safety and welfare by assisting in counteracting air pollution and in minimizing soil erosion and other related environmental damage. The oak tree permit is also intended to preserve and enhance property values by conserving and adding to the distinctive and unique aesthetic character of many areas of Los Angeles County in which oak trees are indigenous. The stated objective of the oak tree permit is to preserve and maintain healthy oak trees in the development process. (Ord. 88-0157 § 1, 1988: Ord. 82-0168 § 2 (part), 1982.)
Damaging or removing oak trees prohibited — Permit requirements.
Exemptions from Part 16 applicability.
A. Except as otherwise provided in Section 22.56.2070, a person shall not cut, destroy, remove, relocate, inflict damage or encroach into a protected zone of any tree of the oak genus which is (a) 25 inches or more in circumference (eight inches in diameter) as measured four and one-half feet above mean natural grade; in the case of an oak with more than one trunk, whose combined circumference of any two trunks is at least 38 inches (12 inches in diameter) as measured four and one half feet above mean natural grade, on any lot or parcel of land within the unincorporated area of Los Angeles County, or (b) any tree that has been provided as a replacement tree, pursuant to Section 22.56.2180, on any lot or parcel of land within the unincorporated area of Los Angeles County, unless an oak tree permit is first obtained as provided by this Part 16.
B. “Damage,” as used in this Part 16, includes any act causing or tending to cause injury to the root system or other parts of a tree, including, but not limited to, burning, application of toxic substances, operation of equipment or machinery, or by paving, changing the natural grade, trenching or excavating within the protected zone of an oak tree.
C. “Protected zone,” as used in this Part 16, shall mean that area within the dripline of an oak tree and extending therefrom to a point at least five feet outside the dripline, or 15 feet from the trunks of a tree, whichever distance is greater. (Ord. 88-0157 § 2, 1988: Ord. 82-0168 § 2 (part), 1982.)
If I hear anything new, I will certainly post here. If you have not yet signed the petition, please do. And If you have not yet called anyone on the Board of Supervisors to register a complaint about this issue, please do.
Here is a great map of the area posted by Pasadena Real Estate [Blog] by Brigham Yen:
The map clearly shows the Upper and Lower Sediment Disposal sites that are already available to receive the dirt and debris from the dam. According to some reports, the amount of sediment that needs to be removed and dumped now will fit comfortably into just the Lower Sediment Disposal Site – so what is the hurry to demolish the oak grove? There seem to be more questions than answers at this point. Stay tuned…..