Pasadena planned tree removal stirs passions

Pasadena planned tree removal stirs passions
Pasadena residents expressed concern to the City Council about ficus trees on South Lake that are scheduled for removal.

Pasadena residents expressed concern to the City Council about ficus trees on South Lake that are scheduled for removal.

Several passionate residents of Pasadena appeared before the City Council Monday night to protest a planned tree removal on South Lake Avenue.

Telling the council they have a petition with 1,100 signatures protesting the planned tree removal, residents expressed concerns about a legal settlement that allows the trees to be cut down.

“I am objecting vigorously to the rushed destruction of these beautiful trees,” Linda Vista resident Maria Politzer said, before explaining that her husband was a Nobel Prize laureate at Caltech and describing her own exposure to radioactivity at Harvard.

The trees are expected to be removed sometime between now and October 30, according to city documents. The removal will occur at nighttime.”

“This is really important,” Politzer said.”I request that you refrain from removing those trees. What’s behind this? Is a 5G Network being unrolled?”

Addressing concerns of Politzer and several other upset residents City Manager Steve Mermell said Pasadena takes great pride in its designation as “Tree City USA,” and recognizes the importance of the urban forest. Mermell said the city is obligated to remove the trees as the result of a court order that followed a three-year legal battle. He announced the settlement has been posted on the city’s website.

Replacing the three mature ficus trees in the 400 block of South Lake Avenue will be three new “Chinese Pistache Trees.”

When the ficus trees are removed, the sidewalk will be repaired and new new trees will be planted at no taxpayer expense, according to city documents.

Resident Nina Chomsky said the decision to take out the trees could have ramifications in the upcoming City Council election.

“Our urban forest is under attack and we have to preserve it,’ Chomsky said.

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