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March 22, 2012
Don't be fooled by the lush orchestrations and friendly acoustic guitars of Lost in the Trees. There's high drama in the band's self-described campfire arrangements, with tales of heroes and villains and biblical-like imagery of raging fires. Or, to put it in more blunt terms, it's about fighting with your parents. The brainchild of Ari Picker, Lost in the Trees found a home with Silver Lake's Anti- Records, the adventurous offshoot of Epitaph, and their new album, "A Church That Fits Our Needs," expands on their grand palette.
December 21, 2012
Mistletoe may symbolize love and prompt a kiss this time of year, but what if it's killing your trees? Nancy Miller of Canyon Country wrote to the SoCal Garden Clinic about her problem: Ten years ago we planted two elms from 36-inch boxes. About five years ago, after the leaves fell, we could see mistletoe sprouting in spots. Online resources said not to pull them out. Instead, we sprayed a product, Florel, that inhibits flowering and has stickiness to stay on the leaves. That worked for that year.
October 16, 2013 | By Karin Klein
Why are cellphone towers so utterly ugly? That wasn't the most important issue that came up during a Times editorial board meeting this week with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, but it's surely a question that most of us have pondered. Our tiny hand-helds have been designed to the max; more aesthetic effort has gone into the protective cases than into the fake pine and palm trees that rise in unlikely places throughout the landscape. Garcetti pointed to a new cell tower in Glassell Park, which also serves as a Streamline Moderne-style community marker, as an example of a far more pleasing way to construct a tower.
May 22, 2000
We, the public, have spent decades fighting to hang on to our area's magnificent public views, and here they have gone and done it again. It's bad enough to have to try to eliminate "salt bush" encroachment from obliterating the ocean view along the coast. We have also had a long, arduous fight to eliminate, or at least minimize, most land developers' predisposition for installing "berms" to hide their projects. Berms, like those "temporary" mounds of dirt topped off by 40-foot trees constructed along the inland side of Pacific Coast Highway, have wiped out the view of the coastal hills and mountains.
November 21, 2013
Re "Bough wow," Nov. 19 That Steven Craig and other major mall operators pay $1,000 a foot to have these majestic trees ripped from the earth to be transplanted and die in shopping malls reeks of selfish greed. The true goal is to lure shoppers to spend on oftentimes unwanted and wasteful products, many made in China and other countries where we have sold out our workforce to those employed in the confines of sweatshops. The true meaning of Christmas was lost many generations ago. Far more meaningful - and in place of these monster trees that have lost their oxygen-producing, carbon-consuming values - might be a smaller, locally grown tree next to a Nativity scene.
November 24, 2012 | By Alissa Walker
It was almost one year ago when wicked Santa Anas sent hurricane-force winds through Los Angeles County, whipping off roofs, snapping power lines and leaving 350,000 residents in the dark for up to a week. But perhaps the greatest toll was felt by the region's trees, thousands of which were de-limbed, uprooted or snapped in half, their century-old trunks splintered like toothpicks. When the staff at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden arrived back at work in Arcadia, they found 235 trees destroyed and 1,000 damaged.
December 24, 2012 | By Nita Lelyveld, Los Angeles Times
A Christmas tree is a luxury if you're not working steadily, if you're stretching just to pay the rent and keep your children fed. Cayetano Hernandez, 50, works as a pool plasterer, which he can't do in the rain. It's rained so much and he's earned so little of late that without giveaways, his children - Wendy, 12, and Eric, 3 - wouldn't have opened any Christmas presents. An East Hollywood church gave his girl makeup, anti-acne cleanser, toothpaste and perfume, and gave his little boy toy cars and a big teddy bear.
June 17, 2011 | By Sara Barbour
Several weeks into December last year, my parents suggested I might like a Kindle for Christmas. I was sitting in my room at school, and my eyes darted to the bookshelf on my left. From the silence on the line they could tell I wasn't enthusiastic; I muttered something about not needing another gadget, mostly because I couldn't find a way to shape my reluctance into words. The conversation was tactfully forgotten, and Christmas morning, as my grandmother happily unwrapped a Kindle, I found a Jonathan Franzen novel and a new pair of Ugg boots under the tree.
January 15, 2014 | By Bettina Boxall
Scientists who gathered decades of measurements from hundreds of thousands of trees all over the world are punching a hole in the common assumption that large, old trees are biologically pretty much over the hill. To the contrary, researchers found that the senior trees have rapid growth rates and keep capturing carbon - lots of it. "The growth rate just keeps increasing as trees get bigger," said study leader Nate Stephenson, a California-based research ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey.
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