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City to Decide Fate of 18 Westwood Trees

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

The City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works on Friday will again consider a recommendation to remove 18 trees in Westwood Village for the purpose of sidewalk repair and replacement.

During a meeting in October, 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.

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

A no-fee tree removal permit would grant the removal of 16 Indian laurel fig trees, one red flowering gum tree and one magnolia tree.

Seven trees are up for removal on Westwood Boulevard; three on Glendon Avenue; two on Kinross Avenue; two on Gayley Avenue; one on Le Conte Avenue; two on Lindbrook Drive; and one on Wilshire Boulevard. View a map of the tree locations attached to this article.

Some community groups have argued for tree-saving alternatives, pushing back on the proposed removal of most of the trees.

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 St. View the agenda here.

Do you support the proposed tree removal? Tell us in the comments section below.

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CJ November 16, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Removal vs replacement - any tree removed must be immediately replaced by a same size tree. Those trees are an integral part of the feeling that Westwood has.
Babs November 16, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Time to replace them. I love trees as much as the next person, but I worry more about tripping and falling every day on these worn out, multi-level, multi-composite, sidewalks. And the trees will be replaced with a more appropriate species.

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