Street Trees In Front of Clear Channel Billboard Get Whacked–Again

Clear Channel board with heavily-trimmed street trees in foreground. For earlier photo, see below

For the second time in three years, trees on city property in Venice that partly blocked views of a Clear Channel billboard have been radically pruned in a way that gives motorists on the busy street a clear line of sight to the advertisements on the sign.

Photo taken approximately two months before the photo above

In the 2008 incident, a crew was seen cutting the trees, but the city was unable to identify the culprits. Because the trees were topped, rather than being thinned, it took significant time for them to grow back to their size before the latest whack job.

Anyone with information about this apparently-illegal tree cutting on Venice Blvd. just west of Lincoln Blvd.  should contact the city’s Bureau of Street Services by calling 311.  City Councilman Bill Rosendahl’s office should also be informed by e-mail at or telephone at 213-473-7011.


Dennis Hathaway

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