Neighbors Upset About Downed Sycamore Trees

Check out the before and after photos.

Nora Doyle said she is sad to see a big beautiful tree more than 70 years old in her Silver Triangle neighborhood come down. The tree was removed to widen a driveway by two feet.

She recently was concerned about a tree on Cantura Street in a neighborhood of Studio City that is known for its large trees.

"The neighborhood didn't like it, we didn't know it was going to happen and it's just very sad," Doyle said. "We are extremely upset."

Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian's office heard some of the complaints and checked it out. The property owners were building a new driveway and took out a permit with the Bureau of Engineering. The Urban Forestry Division of the Bureau of Street Services issued a permit to remove one London Plane Tree (which is a type of Sycamore).

An inspector with Urban Forestry inspected and issued the permit last week on June 14. He said that a tree had to be removed because the property owner must expand his driveway six feet to the east.

The tree could not be relocated due to its size and age. According to Urban Forestry, the Sycamores in the area are not native and the inspector thoroughly explained the permitting process to the resident, according to the councilmember's office.

Lisa Sarkin, vice president of the Studio City Neighborhood Council, said there are certain types of trees protected by city law. They are:

* California Coastal Live Oak
* Black Walnut
* California Sycamore
* California Bay Laurel

Click here to see pictures of those kinds of trees in the photo gallery.

But, Doyle said it is still a tragedy that the 60-foot majestic tree can be chopped down just to make room for more cars.

"It was a magnificent tree, and now it's gone," said Doyle.

See the before and after photos taken by Doyle in the photo gallery above.


Jeff July 22, 2011 at 04:43 PM
It is okay to be upset about the downed Sycamore. After all, the city received its money and their liability evaporated. What about those mini-mansions popping up on Cantura. Where is your outcry. Must be your property value increasing. Cantura went from a charming street always filmed as 1940's / 1950's/ 1960's street for film and tv projects to outsized 2 story houses dwarfing their charming neighbors. City fills their coffers with permit money and new taxes ruining the neighborhood charm in the process. Where is your outrage now. I forgot, you don't live on Cantura.
Alex Daniels July 22, 2011 at 05:16 PM
The destiny of the valley to eventually end up looking like the rest of the too large and neglected city of LA has arrived...where money hungry politicians realize that its cheaper to advertise the appeasement of one street complaining about permit parking and working on that for 9 months rather then taking on real progress and improving the overall quality of life conditions of their entire district. This way, money earmarked for over all quality of life issues such as street cleaning, graffiti removal and street maintenance can be quietly siphoned off into the bloated salaries and pensions special interest groups as DWP, UTLA, and the other city union groups who finance these council people's re election bids....so in a nutshell, eventually, the"silver triangle" will become just as disgusting as the rest of the north valley...but at least one will not be able to park there with out a permit!!!
Leah July 23, 2011 at 11:38 PM
It is not just the loss of our trees, it is also the fact that now the once "double apron" driveway is widened for 3 cars to drive directly into the driveway. there was no reason for this to happen. The previous house's driveway worked just fine for YEARS. And with this same property, another 2 car driveway is constructed, leaving room for 1 car instead of 3 or 4 cars to be able to park on the street. All of this is due to 2 Builders that have approached homeowners with cash to buy their homes and build those 3200 - 3500 sq. ft. houses where only 1 home sat. It is now happening on Hillslope, by the same builder that took out the tree. He sad he felt "so bad and would replace the tree". but NOTHING has happened....he expects the residents of Cantura to put in the request and he would pay $3000 - $5000 to replace it. His is great with jerking people around. He uses the same story, that a doctor and his wife, or the people that bought the house, said there was so much wrong with it that it needed to be torn down and that the "wife" didn't want such a big home so they divided the lot (and now build bigger homes than the one they bought). ALL of the residents should be up in arms. This could happen to them, having their charming home being surrounded by these monsters. Pressure needs to be placed on our "politicians" and the city to impose stricter guidelines.
Leah October 05, 2011 at 10:06 PM
FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Take this you developers that have destroyed our neighbors!!
Leah October 05, 2011 at 10:08 PM
Accord Struck to Limit Mansionization in Studio City STUDIO CITY - In 2008, as residents throughout Los Angeles sought to contain what many called the scourge of large homes on small lots, the city enacted a set of regulations to curb mansionization. Under the Baseline Mansionization Ordinance, a home on a 6,750-square-foot lot (the typical lot size in Studio City) is limited to 4,050 square feet. Previous zoning codes allowed more than twice that mass, with a 7,000-square-foot limit. The ordinance, which applies to 300,000 properties in single-family residential zones throughout Los Angeles, also allowed communities to write their own ordinances to limit mansionization. Recently, Studio City did just with a new ordinance that could soon be approved by the city called the Residential Floor Area (RFA) District. The RFA, agreed on recently after dozens of meetings with hundreds of residents, went further than the city's ordinance to limit mansionization - the phenomenon of tearing down an existing home and replacing it with one that may be much larger than surrounding homes. By controlling mansionization for nearly 4,000 Studio City homes - limiting lots of 6,750 square feet to 3,578 square feet - residents in the East Valley essentially agreed to the widest ranging set of guidelines a community has ever enacted to maintain the integrity of their neighborhood.


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