If you plan to walk to Will Rogers State Beach down Temescal Canyon Road sidewalk—and maybe push a stroller, be prepared to traverse a hazardous course of wood (and a broken sidewalk.)
The L.A. Municipal Code (Ord. No. 77,000, Sec. 66.25) states: No person shall deposit any non-combustible rubbish or any refuse of any kind whatsoever upon or in any street, sidewalk, parkway or upon any lot or private premises (including wood). The penalty is a $1,000 fine or six months in jail or both.
Leaving cut wood on the sidewalk along the west side of Temescal has been a Palisades tradition for years but over the past few weeks it has resulted in wood stretching almost a third of the way down the road to Pacific Coast Highway.
Councilman Mike Bonin’s office was asked last year who would be liable if someone became injured trying to avoid all the wood on the sidewalk. The answer? The City.
When Field Deputy Lisa Cahill, who had formerly worked with the TreePeople, was contacted last year she wrote in an email to a constituent: “The fact is that it is a safety issue on multiple levels, which is why I agree it is important to address regardless of the tradition/free firewood aspects.”