A large eucalyptus tree topped across Sunset and Bienveneda around 3:30 p.m. on December 30 and neighbors reported: “Massive tree down on Sunset and Bienveneda—took the power lines out,” and “Just drove by and there’s multiple trucks and people working.” Power was restored the next day around 2 p.m.
An eagle-eyed reader reported in a February 18 email to Circling the News, “I noticed a few weeks ago that there was a large clump of dying eucalyptus leaves in the parkway Sycamore tree that hangs over Sunset just west of Bienveneda.”
The reader continued, “Upon closer inspection, it’s apparent that there is a large eucalyptus branch hanging in the Sycamore tree, directly over the westbound lanes on Sunset. I took some pictures and reported this to LA311 on January 31.
“Since their website says to report hazards by telephone, I also called the number listed, but the person who answered said they don’t take those reports, but that I had reached the correct number.”
After filing on 311, the reader received this reply “Your Overgrown Vegetation/Plants request was updated on 02/09/2022 12:43 PM. Service Request # 1-21877476 Location: 16304 W AKRON ST, 90272.”
Although the large tree branch is still a hazard on Sunset, the City said the case was closed because a NOTICE WAS SENT TO OWNER. [The City is the owner.]
The reader had reported the branch via 311, but the online map goes by closest address, not location, so he put an Akron address and noted that the tree was on Sunset and in the parkway and included a picture of the tree with the large “Bienveneda” traffic light arm sign in the foreground.
The City responded they had sent a notice to the Akron owner.
“The City is the owner,” the reader said “This is classic City of L.A. response.
“I just want to put this out there in case somebody or something gets clobbered when this large branch finally comes down on its own,” the reader wrote.
Circling the News contacted Councilman Mike Bonin’s field deputy Noah Fleishman.
Fleishman responded in an email to CTN and the reader on February 18, “I passed your email along to the City’s Urban Forestry Division with the attached map from NavigateLA. I’ll let you know when they respond.”