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Mayor Villaraigosa wants a million new trees in Los Angeles. But in some neighborhoods, residents say lack of maintenance has branches falling off trees that are already there. Meantime, the City of Santa Monica is trying to chop down ficus trees.  Tonight we’ll hear about planting, pruning and politics in Southern California’s Urban Forest.

Producers:
Karen Radziner
Dan Konecky

Main Topic One Million Trees and the 54 Ficus

More than a year ago, Mayor Villaraigosa announced his plan for a million new trees in Los Angeles.  But nobody knows how many have been planted, where, or what kind they are. Meanwhile there’s a media circus over fifty-four ficus trees in downtown Santa Monica that the City Council has voted to cut down.  Activists call it a “Chainsaw Massacre.”  A court has issued a restraining order and tomorrow night, activists plan to show up the City Council’s regular meeting.

Guests:
Lynne Bronstein, Reporter for the Santa Monica Mirror
Andy Lipkis, TreePeople (@AndyLipkis)
Michele Wytko, Works in the entertainment industry and lives in the La Cienega Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles
Louis Alvarado, Griffith Park Chairperson with the Sierra Club of Southern California

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