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City to Consider Removal of 18 Westwood Village Trees

Sixteen Indian laurel fig trees, one red flowering gum tree and one magnolia tree are up for removal.

The City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works will weigh the removal of 18 Westwood Village trees on Friday.

It will consider granting a tree removal permit in light of a Westwood Village Improvement Association (WVIA) proposal to replace some of the area's most damaged sidewalks.

Eighteen trees "are creating potentially dangerous conditions," according to a Bureau of Street Services report. View the full report attached to this article.

"To allow for reconstruction of the sidewalk, to ensure public safety, it is recommended that (the Board of Public Works) approve the request for a no-fee tree removal permit," according to the report.

The permit would grant the removal of 16 Indian laurel fig trees, one red flowering gum tree and one magnolia tree.

"The roots and root crowns from the 18 subject trees have significantly contributed to the defective condition of the public sidewalk and curb and have outgrown their planting space," according to the report.

If the board authorizes the permit, the WVIA would be required to plant two 24-inch box size southern magnolia trees and 34 24-inch box size Chinese flame trees in the site's public right-of-way.

The Board of Public Works meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the Edward R. Roybal BPW Session Room (room 350 City Hall), at 200 North Spring Street. View the agenda here.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: October 29, 2012

An article on Oct. 26 about a Board of Public Works meeting on the proposed removal of 18 Westwood Village trees referred incorrectly to the conditions of the tree removal permit. If the board authorizes the permit, the WVIA would be required to plant two 24-inch box size southern magnolia trees and 34 24-inch box size Chinese flame trees in the site's public right-of-way, not two 24-inch box size Chinese flame trees.

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Diane SALTZBURG October 31, 2012 at 05:01 AM
I already stated my comments but the most important I forgot to include is environmental & helping to keep the air clean leave what we have - just take care of them - or don't have any trees at all - what is the real problem of the brick & mortar people? Who will take care of the new trees? Watering, pruning, fertilizing? Diane saltzburg

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