I feel deeply compelled to correct some misinformation in your article, "Activists Give Peace a Third Chance, Plant Tree in Santa Monica Park" (Times, April 23).
It seems the homeless street people in Santa Monica's Palisades Park get blamed inappropriately for much. They certainly are getting the shaft now, as they seem to be blamed for vandalizing and destroying the Children's Tree of Life. Your article only might (imply) this, but others have been jumping to that conclusion. . . .
When I first learned that the tree had been destroyed a second time, I also suspected vandalism. (It certainly was much too large to be damaged by the wind.) But I never suspected the homeless people in the Palisades. They've been a friend of the tree since it was planted some years ago.
What now appears certain from reliable sources (many of the Palisade's homeless who personally witnessed the incident) is that the tree was not maliciously damaged as your article . . . stated. Apparently, it was backed into accidentally by a driver of a parks and recreation vehicle while the city was doing some ground work in the area.