In 2006, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa launched an aggressive program to plant 1 million trees. What a GREAT idea! Let’s plant more trees. Everyone is in favor of trees. Homeowners like trees. City officials like trees. Even meter maids like trees, we’re told. Fast forward five years and we’ve learned the City lost a few of its cherished trees.
After work today, one homeowner uprooted four trees and the majority of their side garden to be able to accommodate one more car in their driveway. No more lemons, no more limes, and no more peaches. No more trees.
Sure, the bougainvillea remains, though drastically reduced (like our parking!), but it is still just as prickly as the oppressive enforcement undertaken over the past few weeks by Jaime de la Vega’s LADOT. Remember, de la Vega pledged to “restore public confidence that the department is well run.” Two months into his new job, it’s safe to say that a certain segment of residents could safely argue that he’s got a lot of work to do.
But let’s get back to the premise of this posting, shall we?
How many more trees do we need to fell before the City comes to its senses?
How many more gardens do we need to pave before the City comes to its senses?
The City’s parking enforcement efforts are, indeed, senseless.