It was hard to miss the crew of 28 tree trimmers on Hudson Avenue today, trimming the neighborhood Sycamore trees.
“We are thrilled to have trained tree trimmers from the City working on the trees in the Hudson triangle,” said Cindy Chvatal Keane, President of the Hancock Park Homeowners Association. “It’s been quite some time since the trees have been trimmed and they have done a very good job.”
Ramon Arvizu, who supervised the crew of trimmers and is a trained arborist who has worked for the city for 14 years, told us his crews trimmed more than 107 trees. He said their objective is to remove the dead wood from the tree and reduce the overall weight on the branches, to reduce the likelihood that branches would fall and cause damage. He added that his crew had finished their work in Hancock Park and would be working on Orange Grove Avenue from San Vicente to Wilshire Blvds. tomorrow. (We also saw them working on Seward, south of Melrose, this morning.)
The work on neighborhood trees is the direct result of CD4 Council Member David Ryu’s efforts to increase staffing at the Bureau of Street Services, which has added some 70 new employees…providing the department with more expertise and experience in urban canopy management and planning.