Bad news for ficus lovers: Yesterday, the Santa Monica City Council rejected the Treesavers' appeal of a Landmarks Commission decision that denied landmark status for the downtown trees. Yes, it's hard to keep up. But as previously mentioned, the group wants to save the ficus trees around 3rd St. in Santa Monica, while city officials want to replace the aging ficus (some of the trees are cracking the sidewalks) with young ginkgo trees. So what happens now? The landmark battle is separate from the ongoing legal case, so tomorrow morning, an attorney for Treesavers heads to court in an attempt to stop the massacre. The Treesavers group is planning a town hall meeting later this month, while we also hear there is talk of a sit-in.
· City Council Rejects Treesavers Appeal [Treesavers Official Site]
· Here Are Your Tree Choices, Santa Monica [Curbed LA]