Thanks to the prompt action of more than 400 local residents, four stately trees in the Lower Arroyo will be spared the ax. The residents signed a petition to Pasadena City Manager Michael Beck urging him to abide by city policy and commitments and save the trees.
It all began when the Pasadena Casting Club asked for permission to remove the trees so that they could expand their activities and hold tournaments at their casting pond in the Lower Arroyo there. Pasadena city staff opposed the Casting Club request in their staff report, but the everyone’s surprise Pasadena’s Urban Forestry Advisory Committee, a citizen committee appointed by the City Council, recommended destroying the four mature native trees that are part of the habitat restoration area in the Lower Arroyo by a 3-1 vote at their June meeting.
Destroying these stately trees would have violated several Pasadena ordinances and plans, including the Arroyo Seco Public Lands Ordinance, the Tree Protection Ordinance and the Lower Arroyo Master Plan. Responding to numerous appeals of local residents, the Arroyo Seco Foundation posted a petition to save the trees on their website. Within a few days more than 400 people had signed the petition. Siobhan Foster, Pasadena Public Works Director, sent a letter of denial to the Pasadena Casting Club.
Thanks to all the stewards who took prompt action to save these wonderful trees.