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City Postpones Westwood Tree Removal Verdict

The Board of Public Works will consider the item again at its Nov. 16 meeting.

The City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works will wait until November to decide whether it supports the removal of 18 trees in Westwood Village.

The trees would be removed as part of a sidewalk improvement project proposed by the Westwood Village Improvement Association (WVIA).

Eighteen trees "are creating potentially dangerous conditions," according to a Bureau of Street Services report. A permit would grant the removal of 16 Indian laurel fig trees, one red flowering gum tree and one magnolia tree in Westwood Village.

During a meeting Friday, board members urged the city's Bureau of Street Services Urban Forestry Division to take "one much closer look" at its recommendation to remove the trees before the board again takes up the issue on Nov. 16.

In light of statements from some community members who oppose removal of most of the trees, the board also suggested more conversation between neighborhood groups about the issue.

Check Westwood-Century City Patch on Monday for a full story on Friday's meeting.

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Judith October 27, 2012 at 12:27 AM
It's a heartbreaker that the wrong types of trees were planted in the sidewalks in the first place. Where is the magnolia tree they want to remove? On the other hand, the treacherous sidewalks are something else entirely. Tough call. I wish there could be another solution to control the roots without killing the trees.
Kathy Marshall October 27, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Rubber sidewalks.
Kathy Marshall October 27, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Santa Monica, a city that values its trees, has used rubber sidewalks for years. The material is made from recycled tires.It would benefit the community to do a little research before destroying these valuable trees. http://www.smgov.net/Departments/PublicWorks/ContentCivEng.aspx?id=7345
Carol Spencer October 27, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Great idea! rubber sidewalks, perhaps they can be dyed in the solution to something other than dark gray -

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