While I admire the people protesting the removal of trees, I have to wonder where they are when it comes to Santa Monica’s street trees? Far too many in my neighborhood have died, including several that were moved here from the Civic Center parking lot at great expense to the city. Relying on homeowners to water street trees in a drought seems to be poor planning. Many homes are occupied by renters who have no roots in our neighborhoods and no reason to spend their money maintaining our trees. One such house, which has two dead street trees and one dead on the property, is a rental.
So, activists, help the trees, but please focus on the ones you can truly help: trees in Santa Monica on our public parkways.