SILVER LAKE — It’s not common knowledge but billboard companies have the right under city law to get a permit to trim street trees that block their signs. But in Silver Lake, angry residents said one billboard company went too far when it had several trees cut back at Sunset Triangle Plaza last month without the necessary permits. Now, some fear that the trees in the small public green space were so badly “butchered” that they will die, according to the L.A. Weekly. Meanwhile, Councilman Mitch O’Farrell has called it an “act of vandalism” as the City Attorney looks into the matter to see if any laws were violated, says the L.A. Times.
Outfront Media, which owns the billboard atop Condor (formerly El Conquistador) restaurant, says it hired a contractor to trim the trees. But the contractor failed to pull the necessary permits and was fired as a result. O’Farrell said that the billboard company has offered to replace the trees and make other improvements. But some residents say that is not enough and have started a petition demanding “Accountability for Tree Vandalism.”
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