- js reader version
- view hidden posts
- tags and related articles
by By Heather MacDonald
Tuesday, Nov. 05, 2002 at 4:55 PM
Oak tree may be doomed
110202_oak.jpg, image/jpeg, 150x105
Friday, November 01, 2002 - STEVENSON RANCH -- Desperate to prevent a 400-year-old oak tree from being chopped down, an environmental activist scaled it Friday and prepared to sit there until a deal is reached to save the majestic tree.
Alerted by members of the Santa Clarita Organization for Planning and the Environment about the potential destruction of the heritage oak tree, John Quigley of Pacific Palisades climbed the massive tree just before 7 a.m., hours after an agreement protecting the tree on Pico Canyon Road expired.
"I'll be up here as long as it takes," Quigley said, via a walkie-talkie from about 50 feet above the ground. "This tree is older than any of us, and there's no reason for it to be cut down."
Down below, other environmentalists protested plans that call for the tree to be cut down to expand Pico Canyon Road. After tying yellow ribbons to the orange mesh fence surrounding the oak, they urged drivers to honk in support.
"This tree is a symbol of all of the trees we've already lost and all the trees we're not going to be able to save," said Cynthia Neal-Harris, vice president of the Santa Clarita Oaks Conservancy.
The county Department of Public Works has been looking into the issue for several days but has yet to find a solution, officials said.
The Santa Clarita City Council will discuss the matter at its Tuesday study session and may vote to urge Los Angeles County officials to reduce the size of Pico Canyon Road -- the main thoroughfare in the planned community west of Santa Clarita -- or reroute it away from the oak tree.
"We need to be more creative," said Councilwoman Laurene Weste, who participated in the early morning rally. "No one wants to decimate Pico Canyon."
John Laing Homes, the builder of the Southern Oaks 279-home subdivision, promised not to cut down the tree near Whispering Oak Avenue until after the council meeting.
"We don't want to make this road any bigger, and our homeowners don't want this road any bigger," said division president Bill Ratazzi. "We'd be very happy not to cut that tree down, but we need to reach an agreement quickly."
The development cannot be completed until Pico Canyon Road, which has been under construction for months, is expanded to four lanes. That is tying up millions of dollars in road improvement bonds, Ratazzi said.
Eventually, Pico Canyon Road is slated to be extended to State Route 126 to relieve congestion in the rapidly developing area west of the Golden State Freeway, which includes the proposed 21,600-home Newhall Ranch project.
Mayor Frank Ferry said he would oppose any plan to reduce Pico Canyon Road to two lanes because it would force hundreds of cars onto I-5 and city streets.
"We have to strike a balance between the environment and the quality of life of our residents," Ferry said. "The reality is that the cars are coming."
Lennar Communities -- the developer of Stevenson Ranch -- has submitted plans to county officials that would reduce the size of the road and spare the tree as part of its proposal for the development of the fifth phase of the community.
However, it is expected to be several years before those plans are approved, county officials said.
The obvious solution to resolve the situation quickly is to separate the road issue from the development, Ratazzi said.
"I'm hopeful that we can reach an agreement and save the tree," Ratazzi said. "I don't need any more firewood."
Report this post as:
LATEST COMMENTS ABOUT THIS ARTICLE
Listed below are the 10 latest comments of 14 posted about this article.
These comments are anonymously submitted by the website visitors.
|Transcending Single Issue and Reformists Politics at the Santa Clarita Treesit
||Thursday, Nov. 14, 2002 at 12:20 PM
||Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002 at 11:24 PM
|trees- in response to Diane
||Monday, Nov. 18, 2002 at 1:32 PM
|Fight "evil" at home first
||Thursday, Nov. 21, 2002 at 11:51 PM
|save 400 year old oak
||Sunday, Nov. 24, 2002 at 8:47 PM
||Friday, Nov. 29, 2002 at 7:39 PM
||Sunday, Dec. 08, 2002 at 12:06 PM
||Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002 at 10:24 PM
||Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002 at 10:59 PM
|hey hippie hater
||Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002 at 11:03 PM
||Sunday, Dec. 22, 2002 at 3:41 PM
||Thursday, Dec. 26, 2002 at 1:05 AM
|yes to B. 123
||Thursday, Dec. 26, 2002 at 10:18 AM
GUIDE TO REBEL CITY LOS ANGELES AVAILABLE
lausd whistle blower
Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images
UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light
Change Links April 2018
Nuclear Shutdown News March 2018
Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018!
Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018!
Spring 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert!
Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Shows Shocking Eviction Trends in L.A.
Steve Mnuchin video at UCLA released
Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Ups
After Being Told He's 'Full of Sh*t' at School Event, Mnuchin Demands UCLA Suppress Video
Resolution of the Rent Strike in Boyle Heights
What Big Brother Knows About You and What You Can Do About It
Step Up As LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Steps Down
Our House Grief Support Center Hosts 9th Annual Run For Hope, April 29
Don’t let this LA County Probation Department overhaul proposal sit on the shelf
Echo Park Residents Sue LA Over Controversial Development
Former Signal Hill police officer pleads guilty in road-rage incident in Irvine
Calif. Police Accused of 'Collusion' With Neo-Nazis After Release of Court Documents
Center for the Study of Political Graphics exhibit on Police Abuse posters
City Agrees to Settle Lawsuit Claiming Pasadena Police Officer Had His Sister Falsely Arre
Professor's Study Highlights Health Risks of Urban Oil Drilling
Claims paid involving Pasadena Police Department 2014 to present
Pasadenans - get your license plate reader records from police
LA Times Homicide Report
More Local News...
UN Forum Wrestles with Economic Policies 10 Years After Financial Crisis Islands Call for
Shadowgun Legends Hack and Cheats
What does the Quran Say About Islamic Dress??
Biodiversité ou la nature privatisée
The Market is a Universal Totalitarian Religion
Book Available about Hispanics and US Civil War by National Park Service
The Shortwave Report 04/20/18 Listen Globally!
The Republican 'Prolife' Party Is the Party of War, Execution, and Bear Cub Murder
Paraphysique de la dictature étatique
Book Review: "The New Bonapartists"
The West Must Take the First Steps to Russia
Théorie générale de la révolution ou hommage à feu Mikhaïl Bakounine
The Shortwave Report 04/13/18 Listen Globally!
“Lost in a Dream” Singing Competition Winner to Be Chosen on April 15 for ,000 Prize!
The World Dependent on Central Banks
Ohio Governor Race: Dennis Kucinich & Richard Cordray Run Against Mike DeWine
March 2018 Honduras Coup Again Update
Apologie du zadisme insurrectionnel
ICE contract with license plate reader company
Black Portraiture(S) IV: The Color of Silence...Cuba No...Cambridge Yes
Prohibiting Micro-Second Betting on the Exchanges
Prosecutors treat Muslims harsher than non-Muslims for the same crimes
Amy Goodman interview on cell phone safety
Mesa, Arizona police officer kills unarmed white man
Israeli leaders should be prosecuted for war crimes
More Breaking News...