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June 26, 1988
I am one angry and confused Newport Mesa student regarding policies that control educational funding. The system is laying off 58 teachers in order to balance the more than $7-million district deficit, at the same time that it is spending thousands of dollars planting palm trees to beautify the campuses. Lost courses at Corona del Mar, for example, include physics, Spanish, humanities, Western literature and European history. English and the performing arts will be hardest hit. The aspect that angers me most is the fact that I'll be missing out on educational opportunities at the very time when a California high school education is already held in low esteem by some Eastern schools.
May 8, 1988
This is in reference to a letter written by John Andrews (Times, April 22) about trees in Palos Verdes reaching for the sky. He must have been on my street in the older section of Lunada Bay. We have lived here 18 years and have seen our ocean view dwindle to almost no ocean view. We could see Catalina, a large part of the ocean and Santa Barbara Island, but with the variety of trees up to 60 feet high, we have a very small ocean view which will be gone soon. We would welcome some kind of view protection ordinance in Palos Verdes.
November 7, 1993
Wouldn't it be wonderful if someone (hopefully Donald Bren) would leave a small remembrance (of that) for which this county was named? The most recent removal ("Orange Trees Losing Ground," Oct. 24) of the very few orange trees left in this county makes me sick. In the 1940s, my family bought an orange ranch (where the Anaheim Arena now stands), which allowed me to have very fond memories of what this beautiful county once looked like. Won't someone please do the same for others?
It's not exactly Washington, D.C., but Lake Balboa's 1,600 flowering cherry trees are quite a sight right now. For the next week or so, blossoms will continue to open, gracing the lake shore and entrance to the 160-acre Anthony C. Beilenson Park with a pink hue. The simple flowers are making a late appearance this year, probably due to a severe December frost that dropped temperatures to 27 degrees in the Sepulveda Basin, said James Ward, who oversees city parks in the Valley.
August 3, 1997
The July 23 article on trees being torn out in the downtown area by the city of Fullerton cries out for comment. We have a person in Fullerton whose job is titled "city risk manager?" Sounds like the city should be in for some scathing satire on that one. Beyond the job silliness though, has the city contemplated the comparative look of a "virtually treeless" city like downtown Anaheim or the new Brea with our downtown look? Maybe the beauty of the city is more important than the "bucks" spent on taking care of it?
June 29, 2004 | Bonnie Obremski
Forests across California and the West are getting more and more crispy with each year of drought, turning evergreen woodlands to brown tinder and creating prime conditions for more destructive wildfires, a new survey shows. Examining Southern California timber that was first surveyed in 1995, members of the U.S. Forest Service's Remote Sensing Lab found nearly one in four trees in the Cleveland National Forest had died, some from insect and disease and the rest in last year's firestorm.
March 16, 2008
Re "Torn limb from limb," Opinion, March 12 Sara Catania deserves plaudits for pointing out the horrible things we do to our trees, most of it in the name of convenience. Not only are we losing that carbon absorption, but she doesn't even touch on the issue of all that pointless green waste. Enough is enough. Let's save our trees and save ourselves. Janet K. Schwartzkopf Palm Springs -- At last, someone is bringing to a public forum the horrifying butchery of mature trees around here.
November 30, 2006
THANK you for the informative article ["Planting the Future, One Tree at a Time," Nov. 23]. However, in an era when oil is peaking, putting our food supply at risk -- yes, pretty much everything we eat that we don't grow in our neighborhoods is oil-dependent -- we should be planting a variety of fruit and nut trees everywhere in our public and private spaces. Our city has thousands of miles of superfluous auto parking lanes in residential areas. These could become orchards and food forests.
Ten saplings that were recently cut down by vandals will be replaced Saturday, and another 25 planted along Victory Boulevard, as part of a beautification project. Community leaders were shocked to wake up Monday morning to find that one-third of the holly leaf oak trees they planted last weekend had been chopped in half with a pair of lopers or bolt cutters. Only a three-foot trunk and a metal rod remained.
January 3, 1998 | JOHN CANALIS
Like shade? Topping a priority list of city projects for 1998 is a tree-planting program to replace foliage in denuded areas. A citizen's advisory committee will help develop a plan to add more trees and replace cracked curbs, sidewalks and gutters damaged by unruly roots. Also expected to take root this year are new businesses. City lots on the market for development could lure employers, which should go well with Mayor Ronald Bates' hopes of increasing municipal revenues.
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