McGroarty St. Trees Saved!!

January 11, 2010

At Krekorian’s Urging, McGroarty Trees Saved

LOS ANGELES — Following through on a campaign pledge, Councilman Paul Krekorian on Monday personally appeared before the city’s Board of Public Works to urge that 10 trees on McGroarty Street in Sunland be saved from destruction.

“These trees are such an important part of the rural character of the Sunland community,” Councilman Krekorian said. “This part of McGroarty Street lies at the base of oak covered hills and these trees blend perfectly with the wooded character of the area. McGroarty Street in this area has very little traffic. It would be a tragedy to lose these trees in order to accommodate a street widening that we will never need.”

The board unanimously agreed with Krekorian, voting 5-0 to oppose the removal of the 10 Coast Live Oak trees on the 8000 block of W. McGroaty St.

“I am very pleased that the board stood up for the neighborhood and the natural beauty the Sunland-Tujunga community offers,” Krekorian added. “I especially want to thank and applaud Commissioner Andrea Alarcon for her strong advocacy on this issue, and for actually coming out to the community to visit the site and hear our concerns. This is how the system is supposed to work.”

The decision saves the homeowner, who would have been saddled with the cost of uprooting the trees, hundreds of thousands of dollars. In addition, the city will not have to bear the brunt of any costs associated with street improvements.

During his recent campaign for City Council, Krekorian pledged to the Sunland-Tujunga community to save the trees, which neighbors said were an integral part of their community.

Los Angeles Second Council District stretches from Mulholland Drive in the Hollywood Hills to Big Tujunga Road in the Verdugo Hills. It also includes Lake View Terrace, La Tuna Canyon, North Hollywood, Shadow Hills, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Sunland, Sun Valley, Tujunga, Valley Village, Valley Glen and Van Nuys. Follow Councilman Paul Krekorian on Twitter (@PaulKrekorian) and become a fan of his on Facebook.

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  1. Awesome, Awesome, Awesome! Great work Paul, STNC and STA!

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