Hope for MacArthur Park's old trees
Thanks to all who read our urgent alert about the destructive trenching project in MacArthur Park, and called, emailed and raised the alarm with friends.
We’re pleased to report that that we received an email response just after 9am this morning from Field & Mobility Deputy Louie Leiva in the office of councilmember Eunisses Hernandez that gives us hope that the zombie gophers can be thwarted and the great MacArthur Park trees protected.
He writes: "I am reaching out to acknowledge receipt of your message about the ongoing work at MacArthur Park as well as the pressing concerns you and your peers have shared with respect to the health of the trees. Our office is initiating a conversation with the Superintendent of Rec and Parks. Considering timing and the simultaneous weather advisory, work at this site has already been halted since yesterday and will continue to be on hold into early next week. This allows our office more time to gauge the situation and brainstorm tangible solutions as the park restoration efforts move forward. I will share more information as I receive it which will not be until Monday at the earliest."
We know that it won’t be easy to turn the good ship Los Angeles around, after so many years of bad navigation that has run her deep into foul waters. But isn’t it encouraging to see that some in the new crop of elected officials are willing to listen to citizen advocates?
Stay warm and dry today, and keep asking for the moon. You might just get it.
yours for Los Angeles,
Kim & Richard
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UPCOMING WALKING TOURS
Saturday, February 25 - Westlake Park Time Travel Trip (postponed due to rain)• Saturday, March 11 - Downtown Los Angeles is For Book Lovers • Saturday, March 18 - Franklin Village Old Hollywood • Saturday, March 25 - Angelino Heights & Carroll Avenue • Saturday, April 8 - John Fante’s Downtown • Saturday, April 15 - Raymond Chandler’s Downtown