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Community Council Calls on BID to Save Village Trees

The Westwood Business Improvement District plans to remove 18 trees in the Village for the purpose of sidewalk repair and replacement.

Days after the city OK'd the Westwood Village Improvement Association's request to remove 18 trees in the area, the Westwood Community Council urged the preservation of as many trees as possible.

The council last week passed a resolution to support the preservation of mature Westwood Village trees and called on the Westwood Business Improvement District, managed by the WVIA, to save as many trees as possible as it embarks on a sidewalk repair and replacement project.

"It is a big issue in the community that we are going to lose the aesthetic value of our Village," said Sandy Brown, president of the Holmby Westwood Property Owners Association.

A permit granted by the City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works will allow the removal of 16 Indian laurel fig trees, one red flowering gum tree and one magnolia tree.

Seven trees will be removed 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.

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

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Bob Kurkjian November 27, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Would be in support of finding a way to save the trees by modifying the sidewalks (i.e., installing "planters" around the trees, if possible).
steve w November 28, 2012 at 03:03 AM
And broken sidewalks don't lessen "aesthetic value of our Village"? Broken sidewalks also injure pedestrians and pose a liability to the city in the form of trip and fall lawsuits. Sandy Brown is NOT a friend of Westwood Village. In the 20 years I've lived within blocks of the village she has campaigned against many issues, i.e Trader Joes, the reconfiguration of traffic at Hilgard & Weyburn/Le Conte, etc and has always come out on the losing end.
Diane SALTZBURG November 29, 2012 at 03:42 AM
let's be realistic - after driving through Westwood today & Westwood Blvd in particular, North/west side - at least 80% of the buildings are vacated - is it really that important to have so many meetings regarding the removal of trees instead of making Westwood a place where the public would like to shop? and I am not narrowing it to UCLA students & employees. At one point, the owners of the buildings thought it was so important to have light fixtures in the sidewalk TREES! of course, financed by LA CITY! get focused - Westwood needs businesses that attrack shoppers who can support the building owners rents - removal of trees & sidewalks have nothing to do with this. Please get focused & get some parking. I would rather go to Westwood shopping than Century City or Santa Monica - but there is NO PARKING!!!! can't you understand that & get the revenue flowing? diane saltzburg

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