Residents outraged the City of San Diego cut down iconic Ocean Beach palm trees
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Homeowners in the Ocean Beach & Point Loma area of San Diego are continuing their effort to save the iconic palm trees that line their street.
The street where the seven palm trees are located is far from the San Diego International Airport, but the City of San Diego still claims the FAA says they are too tall, and interfering with ground radar. Which seems like an outrageous reason.
After backlash ensued from that reason, homeowners in the area says they were told the trees were “diseased,” and must be removed. Residents of the area researched that issue, and tell KUSI the trees are not diseased, and still question why the City of San Diego wants them down.
The palm trees are over 100 years old, and they’ve never been a problem for the San Diego International Airport.
Residents also tell KUSI the no parking signs went up overnight, without warning, in preparation of the tree removal process.
Furthermore, the City is facing a pending lawsuit to prevent the trees from being cut down. But that didn’t stop them.
KUSI reached out to Mayor Todd Gloria numerous times, but never received a response.
San Diego City Councilmember Jen Campbell, who represents this area, is nowhere to be found.
KUSI’s Dan Plante broke down the unbelievable situation on Good Evening San Diego.
The City of San Diego provided KUSI news with the following letter with reasons they say “justifies” cutting down the trees:City of San Diego justification for cutting down trees
Plus, the City of San Diego provided the following pdf detailing why these trees must go:City of San Diego Obstruction palm trees document
Monday on Good Morning San Diego, KUSI News showed live coverage of the City of San Diego crews cutting the trees down. Check it out below: