Our Canary Date Palms – the gargantuan giants that march down Plymouth and Windsor Blvds and many other streets in the Hancock Park and Park La Brea areas – are under attack.
Many were hit hard by the violent windstorms a few weeks ago that knocked some of these big fellas down like matchsticks. It’s heartbreaking to see the humongous trees be-headed as if by guillotine – their prickly frond-heavy heads smashed on the streets. One tree on my street lost its entire head – blown to the middle of the street and fortunately not damaging life or property.
But it gets worse – we’ve now learned that Canary Date Palms are also being dug up along the 10 freeway in the Mid-City area (among other LA locales), and carted away to be sold for a profit. NBC4 reports on this latest outrage in State Sues Alleged Palm Rustlers, or you can view the story on video below. It appears that a Caltrans employee may have been in cahoots with a non-profit front called Global Trees to dig up the trees in the dark of night and sell them off.
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About Julie Grist
Julie co-founded the Larchmont Buzz with fellow buzzer Mary Hawley in 2011 and served as Editor, Publisher and writer for the hive for many years until the sale of the Buzz in August 2015. She is still circling the hive as an occasional writer.