A one-block stretch of Effie Street near Echo Park Avenue was closed off this morning as a city crew of Street Services workers sawed down a 40-foot high date palm. Supervisor George Pardo said a city arborist who had inspected the tree on Effie near Lemoyne Street at the request of a resident had determine that it had been diseased and in danger of falling. He pointed several spots on the trunk that appeared rotted. Not everyone was happy about seeing the palm cut down. Pardo said several residents had complained to him this morning, and one person emailed The Eastsider about her concerns:
“It seems thoughtlessly drastic to kill such a beautiful tree. Those grow so slowly, and as far as I know, of recent the city has NO MONEY to replant what they take down. So we have one less mature tree into the foreseeable future on Effie …”
Pardo did not know the age of the tree. But it had taken a crew of about five men more than 2-1/2 hours to saw most of it down. The crew still needed to cut it down to the base and then have the trunk mulched and hauled away.