Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Red Car Canyon: Piles of Dead Trees Still Awaiting Clearance

Photo: Diane Edwardson, July 4, 2012.  Arrow points to squirrel atop the 12' pile of dead trees awaiting clearance in Red Car Canyon.  (Click on photos to enlarge.) 
Photo: Diane Edwardson, July 4, 2012.  How's that for scale?  That's the squirrel the arrow's pointing to in the first photo.

Back on July 3, 2012, Red Car Canyon neighbors received the following email from City Council District 13 Deputy, Ryan Carpio:

Our office has been working with the City's Department of Building and Safety, Fire Department, and City Attorney's Office on this situation. Building and Safety has issued a "notice to comply" to alert the owner that he has until July 18 to clear the brush.

The Red Car property is actually three parcels.*  It will require both machine and hand work to clear and several days to clean. Building and Safety estimates the cost is between $22,000 and $28,000.

Our office believes that the owner -- not taxpayers -- should be responsible for the cost of the clean-up, so we are giving him until the July 18 deadline to complete the work. After that, Building and Safety can send its crews and bill the property owner for the job.

Since we've seen no activity to clear the dead trees since the December 1, 2011 windstorm, we'll see if the City actually gets them cleared before December 2012. 

*The Red Car Property is actually 6 parcels.  We sent the APNs to CD13 in response to this email on July 3.