Thursday, January 3, 2013

Red Car Property: New Year, Same Old Problems

Photo: Diane Edwardson, January 1, 2013.  In April 2012, someone cut down this 16' Eucalyptus on the Red Car Property, off Adelbert. It's still a fire hazard today because Eucalyptus are oily trees. (Click on photo to enlarge.)
The tree was cut down last April.  We reported it to CD13 with photos promptly; got no response.  In June we posted it to the blog along with all the other fire hazards on the Red Car Property. For 9 months we repeatedly sent photos and details of all problem lots' APNs to CD13.
In September, we walked two CD13 deputies through the property and pointed out the tree again.  The City was even out doing brush clearance on (the recently listed for sale) private property that day.  One of the deputies spoke to a supervisor on site.  And yet the tree remained.  We followed up to no avail.
The tree may actually be in the 30' wide Adelbert street right-of way, which should make it the responsibility of the Dept of Street Trees - maybe. Now those adjacent Eucalyptus are looking pretty dry too. 
I guess we're supposed to be grateful it's not as bad as it was 13 years ago.  At some point, you just have to give up and hope no one discards a cigarette into the tree.  It should not be this difficult to get rid of a well documented fire hazard.