The branches from a trio of old oleanders at the corner of Portia Street and Scott Avenue had grown so large that they obscured a stop sign and street sweepers had begun avoiding the spot on their weekly rounds. As a result, Jamie Stathas, who lives at the corner, called the city to request that the trees be trimmed to allow the street sweepers to return. But, instead of a trim, the trees were treated to a “hatchet job” earlier this month, Stathas said. In addition, the branches were left in the street for several days. Said Stathas said via email:
3 oleander trees …. were quite literally hacked in half by City service crews and the debris/brush is still blocking 2 precious parking spaces in Echo Park … I spent a couple of hours trying to rehab and blend in/prune the trees so they look better.
Stathas on Saturday emailed Councilman Eric Garcetti’s office to complain. As of this morning, the debris has been cleaned up but it’s going to take a while before those trees recover.